The Halifax Port Authority has been a Green Marine participant since 2011 and has achieved the following scores in the 2022 reporting year:
The above results are compiled on a scale of 1 to 5, where 1 illustrates the monitoring of regulations and 5 illustrates excellence and leadership. The program’s demanding nature is reflected in the fact that less than half of participants have achieved a Level 3 or higher overall average, and only one fifth of participants average at Level 4 or higher. The Halifax Port Authority achieved an overall average score of 4.4, placing HPA in a leadership position.
Founded in 2007, Green Marine is a voluntary environmental certification program encouraging maritime enterprises to adopt measurable concrete actions that go beyond regulatory obligations. Green Marine is a rigorous, transparent and inclusive program that targets prioritized environmental issues such as greenhouse gases, community impacts, and water and land pollution. To date, more than 175 ship owners, ports, terminals, shipyards and Seaway corporations in Canada and the United States participate in the program.
The Green Marine program derives its uniqueness from the support it receives from the scientific community, government agencies, and environmental organizations, such as Net Zero Atlantic, Transport Canada, and Clean Nova Scotia. These approximately 100 supporters provide valuable insights and expertise in developing certification requirements
The cornerstone of the Green Marine initiative is its far-reaching environmental program, which makes it possible for any marine company operating in Canada or the U.S. to reduce its environmental footprint by undertaking concrete and measurable actions. In 2020, the program expanded its initiative to Europe with the official launch of Green Marine Europe.
To receive certification, participants must benchmark their annual environmental performance through the program’s extensive self-evaluation guides, have their results verified by an accredited external verifier and agree to publication of their individual results.
The annual results are published in Green Marine’s Annual performance report, in early June of every year, and are posted on Green Marine website which can be found here.