APM Terminals implemented a company-wide sustainability strategy in 2010. Since then we have worked hard to integrate sustainability into all business processes, and our strategic planning. Our Group Environmental Policy is also leading in all decisions.

Our Group Environmental Policy commits to :

  • Efficient terminal operation to minimize environmental impacts.
  • Continuous improvement of environmental performance and pollution prevention through environmental awareness and the application of environmentally friendly and innovative technologies.
  • Compliance with all international, national, and local rules and regulations.

Operational effectiveness initiatives deliver social or environmental benefits through reducing our resource use, waste and emissions, or by improving employee working conditions, health care and education. Such initiatives help us to become more efficient and effective in our operations.

Environmental performance

Improving our environmental performance is a continuous process. In the area of greenhouse gases and other emissions, APM Terminals has set a goal of a 25% reduction in CO2 output, as measured from the base year of 2010.

Since 2009, the energy required for 13 gantry cranes, 2,250 refrigerated container units, lighting and other needs at APM Terminals Rotterdam has been supplied by wind-power, reducing CO2 emissions by 45% per year. In 2016 APM Terminals Maasvlakte Terminal in the Netherlands became the world’s first container terminal to generate zero greenhouse gases and zero particulate emissions produced by diesel powered terminal machinery. In 2017, APM Terminals Algeciras, one of the largest terminals in the Mediterranean, signed a “green energy” supply deal which will result in 34% CO2 emission reduction per TEU compared with our 2010 base year.

APM Terminals has also nearly completed a program to convert and retrofit more than 400 Rubber-Tire Gantry Cranes (RTGs) in across its network. Hybrid electrification of the diesel-powered fleet reduces CO2 emissions by between 60-80% compared with conventional diesel-powered RTGs, which will result in overall terminal CO2  emissions decreasing by 20% per TEU handled.

Sustainable port development

We design sustainability and optimized safety performance into our terminals and other operations from initial concept to operational implementation. Striving for the best possible outcome for our business and society means taking into account our interaction with communities and the natural environment. We aim to avoid, reduce or mitigate potential negative impacts and we manage this through a process called Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA).

Investment in society

A port cannot be successful without the support of local people and the region it serves. At APM Terminals Callao, Peru, Henrik Kristensen hopes his team’s close cooperation and collaboration inside and outside the terminal gates will guarantee long-term success for the expanding terminal.

We invest in society through financial donations, staff time, equipment and free container-handling services in case of emergencies. These initiatives are long-term, mutually beneficial investments that help us engage our local communities, helping them become more resilient, and fostering socio-economic development.

Logistics Emergency Team

Facilitated by the World Economic Forum, the Logistic Emergency Teams (LET) is a partnership between the UN World Food Programme, Maersk Group, UPS and Agility. In the event of a large scale natural disaster, LET provides emergency support in the form of logistics.

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