The APEC Port Services Network (APSN) Workshop on Green Ports: Time for Action and Innovation was successfully held on November 5, 2013 in Phuket, Thailand. Participants from 13 APEC economies, including Australia; Canada; China; Hong Kong, China; Indonesia; Japan; Malaysia; the Philippines; Russian Federation; Singapore; Thailand; the United States of America and Vietnam attended the Workshop. They included senior officials from competent port authorities, industry leaders, APSN Council Members, Advisory Board Members and Regular Members, as well as experts from relevant organizations and academia.
The Workshop was organized in the light of the "Green Growth" objective endorsed by the APEC Leaders and Transportation Ministers, and it was also a follow-up activity to the last APSN Workshop on Green Ports and Supply Chains held in November 2012 in Hong Kong, China.
The Workshop was moderated by Mr. Jerry Rysanek, APSN Senior Consultant. In addition to the opening and closing sessions, the Workshop included following three business sessions:
Session 1: Trends and Challenges for Green Port;
Session 2: Government Initiative and Actions; and
Session 3: Industry Initiative and Actions;
At the opening session, Mr. Tim Meisner, President of the APSN Council expressed warm welcome to all the participants and looked forward to a fruitful discussion at the Workshop. The President also wished to extend his deepest gratitude to the Port Authority of Thailand for hosting the Workshop. Mr. Surapong Rongsirikul, Director General of the Port Authority of Thailand and Mr. Maitri Inthusut, Governor of Phuket Province also addressed the opening session and welcomed all the participants to Thailand.
Speakers from the Marine Department of Hong Kong, China, the Port Authority of Thailand, the Philippines Port Authority, Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore, the Maritime Administration of the United States of America, Hakata Port and Harbour Bureau, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), the ASEAN-German Technical Cooperation Project, Energy Foundation, Rosmorport, Port of Lianyungang, Port of Qingdao and APSN Secretariat made presentations at the Workshop and conducted extensive discussions with the participants.
Dr. Dong Yang, APSN representative made a presentation on the APSN Green Port Award System (GPAS) and elaborated the concept and methodology to develop the System as well as the pilot project to be launched to experiment the System.
The Workshop provided an invaluable platform for port authorities, port and shipping industries and relevant organizations for information exchange and best practice sharing. It has promoted the understanding of APEC member economies on green development in the port and shipping industires, which will ultimately foster liberalization and facilitation of investment and trade in the APEC region. As the regional forum for port industry development, APSN will continue its efforts to promote the green and sustainable growth of port and port-related industries in the APEC region.
The fruitful outcomes in the form of the Workshop Report and all presentations made at the Workshop will be shared with all participants and will be posted on the APSN Website for access by APSN members and the general public. These outcomes will also be submitted for information to the next meeting of the APEC TPT-WG early 2014 and its Maritime Experts Group.