New PERS certification for Niedersachsen Ports, Germany

ESPO has just announced that Niedersachsen Ports, Germany, is once again being certified through the EcoPorts’ environmental management standard (PERS).


With a total of 15 port locations, Niedersachsen Ports is the largest operator of public seaports in Germany.

A committed member of the EcoPorts Network, various Niedersachsen ports have been part of the Network since 2015, first becoming PERS-certified in 2016.

Commenting the latest news, Isabelle Ryckbost, ESPO Secretary General, said: “Niedersachsen Ports have a considerable track record when it comes to sustainability. They are active on many fronts: dredging and sediment and water management, port energy management, energy scouting, port waste and marine litter, and hydrogen to name a few. Niedersachsen Ports are a strong pillar of the EcoPorts Network.”

PERS is the only port-specific environmental standard.

The last five years have seen important increases in its recognition and membership, with 118 ports from 26 countries currently counting themselves as part of the EcoPorts network, and 28 ports holding PERS certification.

Compliance with the EcoPorts’ PERS standard is independently assessed by Lloyd’s Register and the certificate has a validity of two years.