GPAS (Green Port Award System) program is a green evaluation system for ports in the APEC region developed by APEC Port Services Network (APSN). It represents an integral part of APSN’s ongoing efforts to promote the green growth of the APEC port industry.
Inspired by Ecoports in Europe and Green Marine in North America, GPAS was designed as an evaluation system at the beginning. However, it was developed differently from Ecoports and Green Marine to be suitable for all ports in APEC region. Since 2011, APSN has conducted two rounds of pilot programs to test the evaluation scheme, created an Implementation Plan and established a Pool of Expert port professional to review GPAS applications. In 2016 GPAS was officially launched.
Applicants for GPAS can be any port (port authorities or port operators) that are implementing green programs to improve the environmental sustainability of their operation in the last two or more years.
The objective of GPAS is to encourage green and sustainable development in port and port related industries. In particular, it aims to provide a platform for sharing of best practices among ports in the APEC region, to raise the profile of ports committed to green practices, and to improve their capacity for sustainable development.
Participation in the GPAS program by APEC members will promote greater awareness of efforts taken by APSN ports to improve the environment and create a sustainable future for society.
The GPAS Indicator System is based on three primary indicators, and each primary indicator includes secondary indicators which are defined by several reference standards. Each indicator is weighted. The final score of each application shall be calculated based on the scores of all the indicators and their respective weights.
|PRIMARY INDICATOR||SECONDARY INDICATOR||REFERENCE STANDARD|
|GREEN PORT AWARENESS AND WILLINGNESS (60%)|
(1)Green strategy or development plans
(2)Green support funding
(3)Green annual reports
|GREEN PORT PROMOTION (40%)|
(1)Green training programs
(2)Green promotion campaigns
|Clean Energy (15%)|
(1)Using renewable energy sources
(2)Using of LNG
(3)Using cold ironing (shore power)
|Energy Saving (30%)|
(1)Using energy-saving devices & technologies
(2)Optimizing power supply system
|Environmental Protection (40%)|
(1)Air pollution prevention
(3)Waste treatment (liquid and solid)
|Green Management (15%)|
(1)Green environment management system
(2)Green performance assessment
|Energy Saving (40%)|
(1)Energy consumption reduction
(2)Renewable energy increment
|Environmental Protection (60%)|
(1)Air quality improvement
(2)Noise control result
(3)Liquid & solid pollution control
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