he port of Corozal will be the first green port in Latin America, which means that its operation will “consider not only social and economic aspects, but also the environment,” Consequently, the activities will cause minimal impact, while measures will be taken to control air quality, water, noise and waste that may affect neighboring communities.
The concept of green ports emerged a decade ago in Europe as a practical way to promote sustainable development, defined as “that can respond to the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”.
The initiative has been taken so seriously that five major global port operators are following it – two with a presence in Panama They agreed on September 7, 2015, to support the Port Authority of Rotterdam to promote from September 14 to 21, “environmental awareness and sustainable operations in future.” The global operators that signed the agreement are:
Hutchison Port Holdings (operator of the ports of Balboa and Cristobal)
PSA International (operator of PSA Panama International Terminal)
APM Terminals (APMT)
Shanghai International Port Group.
The concept takes into account the continuous involvement and communication with communities however the principles governing the design, construction and operation of the new port include:
Protect the community from harmful environmental impacts that may result from port operations;
Reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and other emissions from port operations;
Use the best available technology to prevent or reduce environmental impacts; distinguish the port as a leader in environmental management and environmental compliance; and
Implement sustainable practices in design and construction, operations and administrative practices across the harbor.