APM Terminals Releases Sustainability Report (The Netherlands)
The third annual APM Terminals Sustainability Report was released, detailing continued progress in safety performance and the reduction of the environmental impact of the APM Terminals Global Terminal Network, and introducing a set of Community Investment Guidelines in recognition of the powerful influences that significant new investment and operations can have on local populations.
These changes can be particularly acute in local communities in economically emerging areas such as Africa, Latin America and Asia where much of APM Terminals’ current investment is taking place.
“We are still experiencing fatalities in our operations and until we are able to achieve our targets of zero incidents and zero fatalities, we will continue to drive improved safety culture and performance within each and every facility,” stated APM Terminals CEO Kim Fejfer in the report’s introductory summary.
Emission of carbon dioxide (CO2) on a per TEU basis fell by 4% in 2012; the company’s goal is a 25% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2020, against a 2010 baseline figure. Improved efficiency and energy conservation are two priorities by which this will be achieved. APM Terminals’ new 2.7 million TEU annual capacity Maasvlakte II facility scheduled to open next year at the Port of Rotterdam, for example, by employing advanced automated equipment and technology, will have a net zero CO2 emission profile when it comes on stream.
At present 38 of the 62 operational APM Terminals Global Terminal Network’s facilities are located in economically emerging markets. Internal studies have demonstrated how the introduction and operation of such facilities can exert a significant positive influence on local communities. These benefits include the creation of employment and educational opportunities, implementation of global safety, health and operating standards, increased tax revenue, economic expansion through employment and payments to local suppliers and progress through the introduction of new technologies, and may help to mitigate such issues as increased traffic and emissions associated with port operations.
Press Release, May 6, 2013