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Green Marine: enhancing environmental performance

The 2012 Green Marine report card shows that participants continue to improve their overall environmental performance year over year.

Green Marine is a voluntary initiative that was launched five years ago. Its goal is to enhance the environmental performance of the marine industry in North America through a process of continuous improvement. Participants, whose results are subject to an external audit, include shipowners, ports and terminals on the St. Lawrence River, the Great Lakes, and the Atlantic and Pacific Coasts. The Green Marine program address major environmental issues such as greenhouse gases, cargo residues, community impacts (noise, dust, odours, luminous pollution), prevention of spills and leakages, and environmental leadership.

Quebec’s road transportation association, the Association québécoise du transport et des routes, presented Green Marine with its Environment Award at the AQTR’s Excellence in Transportation Awards Gala held in June. The AQTR paid tribute to the rigour and transparency of Green Marine’s certification program process. In July 2011, Green Marine won the Green Shipping Initiative of the Year at the Sustainable Shipping Awards in London.

Green Marine’s membership continues to increase and has more than doubled in five years to reach 161 members in 2012.

The Port of Montreal is a founding member and proud promoter of Green Marine and it earned solid marks from the organization on its 2011 report card. On a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest performance rating possible, the Port of Montreal achieved Level 4 for its efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, Level 5 for its efforts to reduce conflicts of use, and Level 5 once again for its environmental leadership.

Level Criteria
1 Compliance with applicable regulations and adherence to Green Marine's guiding principles
2 Systematic use of a defined number of best practices
3 Integration of best practices into an adopted management plan and quantifiable understanding of environmental impacts
4 Introduction of new technologies
5 Excellence and leadership