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World Ports Sustainability Program

World Ports Sustainability Program 

The World Ports Sustainability Program (WPSP) which formerly known as the World Ports Climate Initiative (WPCI), is a global initiative for ports launched in 2008 by the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) and regional port organizations. It serves as a guiding force for ports worldwide, empowering them to mitigate their environmental impact and embrace sustainable practices. Normec Verifavia‘s verification service provides independent assurance of your organization’s commitment to sustainability by verifying the accuracy and credibility of your claims through the WPSP. 

Why choose Normec Verifavia?

  1. Enhanced Environmental Impact Assessment: It helps to gain a comprehensive understanding of the port’s carbon footprint through the established standards and robust data collection while simultaneously identifying key areas for improvement. 
  2. Empowered Progress Tracking: Implementing a framework for continuous evaluation this enables ports to monitor progress towards ambitious reduction targets and measure the effectiveness of mitigation strategies. 
  3. Data-Driven Decision Making: Ports can leverage specialized tools and platforms for streamlined analysis and reporting, providing valuable insights to inform sustainable practices and investments. 
  4. Collaboration and Shared Success: Become a part of a global community of committed ports and get the benefits from shared resources, expert guidance, and the opportunity to collaborate on innovative solutions. 
Born from the WPCI’s legacy: 

The WPCI laid the groundwork for the WPSP’s comprehensive approach. It successfully: 

  1. Raised awareness: It highlighted the urgency of climate action within the port and maritime community. 
  2. Initiated action: Pioneered studies, strategies, and actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve air quality. 
  3. Facilitated collaboration: It provided a common platform for information exchange and knowledge sharing among ports. 
  4. Offered resources: Program equipped the ports with valuable resources on climate change mitigation and its effects on port operations. 

Evolving towards broader sustainability
Recognizing the need for a more comprehensive & inclusive approach, the WPSP emerged in 2018, expanding its focus beyond climate change to encompass: 

  1. Energy efficiency: It included promoting cleaner energy sources and optimizing port operations for reduced energy consumption. 
  2. Community outreach: Fostering positive relationships with neighbouring communities and addressing their concerns. 
  3. Good governance: By implementing transparent and responsible management practices as wells as ensuring social equity and ethical conduct. 

A central hub for knowledge and collaboration: 

The WPSP-serves as a vital resource for ports worldwide as it serves as: 

  1. Knowledge centers: Provides accessible repositories of the best practices, case studies, and research findings across various sustainability aspects. 
  2. Think tank function: It generates innovative ideas and facilitates dialogue on sustainable port designs, management, and operations. 
  3. Collaboration platform: It connects the ports globally, enabling the knowledge sharing, joint initiatives, and collective action among them.

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  1. Assess ports environmental impact.

    • Measure:  Use the WPSP CO2 Calculator or other accredited tools to assess port’s carbon footprint & identify key emission sources. To learn more about Carbon Footprint click here.
    • Analyse: Go beyond the carbon emissions. Consider other resource usage like waste generation and community impacts for a comprehensive sustainability assessment. 
    • Plan: Based on the findings, develop a roadmap to address the major emission sources and implement sustainable practices to mitigate or adapt across operations. 
  2. Take action and track progress.

    • Implement: Ports can consider cleaner fuels, energy efficiency measures, waste reduction strategies, and community engagement initiatives. 
    • Track: Monitor the ports progress consistently. Ports can use the WPSP’s resources and other tools to measure the effectiveness of the implemented actions. 
    • Report: Ports can share their achievements and challenges with the WPSP-community. They can learn from others and inspire collective progress. 
  3. Collaborate and innovate.

    • Connect: Ports can join the WPSP network and engage with other ports. Share their best practices, participate in working groups, and learn from global experiences. 
    • Innovate: Explore new technologies and solutions to further enhance your sustainability efforts. Collaborate with research institutions and industry partners to drive innovation. 
    • Advocate: Prove your ports best sustainable practices within the maritime industry and participate in policy discussions and contribute to broader sustainability goals. 



Find answers to the most commonly asked questions

Who can participate in the WPSP?

The WPSP is open to all ports worldwide, regardless of size, location, or ownership. 

What does it cost to participate?

Participation in the WPSP is free of charge. However, specific initiatives like attending conferences or training workshops might have individual fees. 

What resources does the WPSP-offer?

The WPSP provides a range of resources, including: 

  1. Carbon foot printing tools like the WPSP CO2 Calculator. 
  2. Reports, guides, and best practice documents. 
  3. Working groups focused on specific sustainability areas.  

What are the key initiatives of the WPSP?

Some key initiatives include: 

  1. WPSP CO2 Calculator: Online tool for carbon footprint assessment. link 
  2. WPCAp (World Ports Climate Action Program): Collaboration on specific climate mitigation projects. Link 
  3. WPSP Awards: Recognizing outstanding port sustainability initiatives. link 

What are the future goals of the WPSP?

The WPSP aims to: 

  1. Encourage greater innovation and technology adoption for sustainable port development. 
  2. Foster collaboration on green corridors and sustainable supply chains. 
  3. Promote adaptation and resilience to climate change impacts on ports. 

Do I need any special expertise to participate?

No prior expertise is required. The WPSP-offers resources and support to help ports at various stages of their sustainability journey.

Can I track the progress of the WPSP?

Yes, you can access progress reports, news articles, and updates on the WPSP-website and social media channels.