CMP’s work on sustainable development is focused on noise pollution, emissions, waste, energy consumption and now also climate adaption. A lot of effort is put into reducing diesel consumption, as well as cutting electricity consumption. Today only green electricity from solar, wind and hydroelectric power is used.
Port and city in harmony
A look back over the environmental measures that have been introduced shows that CMP has reduced its environmental impact at the terminals in Copenhagen and Malmö. One important explanation is that port operations have been relocated further out from the central parts of both cities.
”One example is our new cruise terminal in Copenhagen, which has enabled parts of the cruise operation to be moved outwards towards the sea. This reduces problems of noise pollution and air emissions”, says CMP’s Environmental Director, Petra König. ”Waste water from the cruise liners is now handled at the terminal in permanent facilities that are linked to a sewage treatment plant in Copenhagen”.
Road transport has declined
When the new port in Malmö was put into operation in 2011, the RoRo and container operations were moved away from the city centre, thus removing the bulk of the road transport from Malmö’s centre. At the same time, the RoRo ships’ turn-around-times were cut by 30-40 minutes, reducing noise pollution and emissions to water and air.
“We have also cut emissions from working machines, by installing particle filters for example. CMP has also focused on EcoDrive training, which has paved way for more effective and fuel-efficient driving. Furthermore, we have invested in machinery with a lower fuel consumption”, says Petra König.
Climate adaptation on the agenda
CMP has recently conducted a review of its environmental goals and policies. Water and land issues, waste, noise pollution and energy consumption remain important. At the same time, work on climate adaptation is becoming more and more important.
”It involves preparing for extreme weather involving strong winds or floods”, says Petra König. ”Our ports are part of a long delivery chain. We therefore have to secure our part of the chain and ensure that the quays are always functional and that the port cannot be wiped out”.
In the work with CMP’s environmental goals and policies, the requirements and expectations from external stakeholders – e.g. authorities, customers and suppliers – have also had an increased significance.
”This dialogue is significant as the work on environmental issues is not just important for us, it also helps customers and other stakeholders to achieve their environmental goals”, Petra König concludes.