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07.11.2005

Green award for Port of London

Award presentationThe work carried out by the Port of London Authority (PLA) to ensure continued high environmental standards has resulted in the award of a key international certificate.

The EcoPorts Port Environmental Review System (PERS) certificate was awarded today at a meeting held at the PLA offices in Gravesend. Mr Herman Journee, chairman of the EcoPorts organisation based in the Netherlands made the presentation to PLA chief executive Richard Everitt.

PERS is a European standard system designed by ports themselves to assist ports in fully complying with the recommendations set out in the Environmental Code of Practice of the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO). Steps taken by the PLA to achieve the PERS certificate include:

  • a publicly available environment policy
  • setting up of environmental indicators with targets to measure progress
  • an overview of environmental aspects related to relevant environmental rules

Herman Journee of EcoPorts said:

"I congratulate the Port of London Authority on their hard work in successfully achieving this important standard. It demonstrates that the PLA is committed to investing in environmental management and to achieving best practice in its environmental activities. Practical experience with the PERS system shows that PERS also leads to cost reductions."

Richard Everitt, Port of London Authority chief executive said:

"The Port of London Authority takes its responsibility to protect and enhance the river and estuary environment of the Thames very seriously. The steps we have taken to achieve this PERS standard have been very useful to us in our continuing work to ensure high environmental standards in all our activities."

For further information – or photographs - contact: Martin Garside, Port of London Authority (Tel: 020 7743 7915. Mobile 07736 362385).

Note to Editors:

The Port of London Authority is the port authority for 150km (95 miles) of the tidal Thames from the sea to Teddington. It provides navigational, pilotage and other services for ships using the Port of London. The Port of London comprises over 70 independently owned and operated terminals and port facilities, which handle a wide range of cargoes. London is one of the top three ports in the UK and handles over 50 million tonnes of cargo each year. London is also an increasingly popular destination for international cruise ships.