Port of San Diego’s Environmental Efforts Recognized Again with Green Marine Certification

The Port of San Diego has been re-certified by Green Marine, North America’s largest voluntary environmental certification program for the marine industry. The port first registered with Green Marine in 2018 and was the second port in California at the time to become a Green Marine participant. The recertification covers the calendar year 2021.

To achieve recertification, the port had to undergo a rigorous evaluation of its environmental initiatives. The results of the assessment were then verified by an accredited third party. The program addresses 14 key areas that include community relations and environmental leadership with specific criteria that measure progress beyond regulations.

“The Port of San Diego continues to demonstrate its commitment to protecting the health and environment of the San Diego Bay,” said Port of San Diego Board Chairman Dan Malcolm. “The fact that our environmental efforts are once again receiving such outstanding rankings proves that we are moving in the right direction. We continue to be environmental champions, advancing initiatives to ensure San Diego Bay and its surrounding environment will thrive for generations to come.

Areas in which the port has been assessed include greenhouse gas and air pollutant reduction initiatives, spill prevention and stormwater management, community impacts, environmental leadership, waste management and underwater noise. Initiatives were ranked on a scale of 1 to 5 based on detailed criteria specified by Green Marine‘s performance indicators, which are updated with each assessment to ensure there is always room for improvement. ‘improvement. Level 1 indicates compliance with regulations and Level 5 reflects excellence and leadership. Overall, the Port of San Diego ranked in the top ten percent of North American ports in the Green Marine program with an average score of 4.3 out of 5 in all categories.

A flagship initiative that was recognized upon re-certification was the port’s finalization of its Maritime Clean Air Strategy (MCAS), the most ambitious air quality policy document of its kind in the world. State of California. It includes ambitious targets to reduce emissions from seven sources: cargo handling equipment, commercial port vessels, shipyards, heavy trucks, fleet vehicles, ocean vessels and rail. MCAS identifies and prioritizes approximately 34 projects to further reduce emissions and improve air quality while supporting efficient and modern maritime operations.

Green Marine’s 2021 certification program had 171 participants. They included ship owners, port authorities (including four in California), terminal operators, shipyard managers and seaway companies. The certificates were distributed in June during the Greentech 2022 conference in Montreal.

Participants complete a self-assessment annually and meet with a third-party verifier every two years for recertification based on the most recent self-assessment. Verification includes interviews, site visits, and reviews of project and program documentation to support reported scores.

Results from this year’s program demonstrated that the greatest overall improvement of all participants was in the waste management category. Additionally, Shipyards was the category with the highest growth and improvement. For participating ports, results revealed that 80% achieved Level 3 or higher for environmental leadership, and nearly a quarter of participating ports are conducting a nationwide greenhouse gas emissions inventory. port.

Source: Port of San Diego