Annual performance report shows Green Marine’s steady growth, environmental leadership
Green Marine has noted continued improvement in the sustainability of its existing participants in 2017 as it also welcomed new members to the reporting framework.
“We’re really pleased with how well our participants have fared given the additional challenges that the organization has embraced in terms of new performance indicators, more demanding criteria for existing benchmarks and broader participation,” said David Bolduc, Green Marine’s Executive Director. “The results show true determination in minimizing the environmental impacts of maritime transportation.”
From 2016 to 2017, performance criteria were added and/or strengthened, making it more difficult to achieve the same levels as in past years. For example, shipowners had to meet more demanding criteria to achieve Level 5 for the greenhouse gas performance indicator. Ports and terminals were given revised criteria for spill prevention, as well as for the community impacts performance indicator.
The greatest improvement was made for one of the newest performance indicators, specifically the criteria for ports and terminals to address waste management. The relevant participants increased their performance by a total of 16 levels for an overall average of 2.5 in 2017 on the program’s 1-to-5 scale from their 2.3 average in 2016.
Green Marine’s 2017 results mark the 10th year of reporting by the program’s founding members and the results measurably reflect their commitment to continual improvement. Long-term participants continue to increase their performance levels even though the bar has been set higher for various criteria, and new challenges have been added to the program. For example, the initial group of participants reporting in 2008 notably improved their average standing to 3.6 in 2017 from 3.4 a year earlier. Their current standing is a significant improvement from their initial 2.0 average a decade ago.