IAPH Tool Box for Port Clean Air Programs launched

By The Maritime Executive 01-21-2011 12:32:07

The Web-based guideline, entitled "IAPH Tool Box for Port Clean Air Programs," is designed to provide all the ports around the world and all parties concerned quick access to information, options, and tools that can be used to start the planning process to address port-related air quality issues, while promoting business development.

Following the adoption of Resolution on Clean Air Programs for Ports at the 25th World Ports Conference in Houston, Texas on 4 May 2007, the IAPH Port Environment Committee started developing the Tool Box under the leadership of Chair Dr. Geraldine Knatz, Executive Director, Port of Los Angeles, USA. Dr. Knatz explains, "From undertaking an inventory of port emissions sources to crafting a plan that meets your unique situation, we do this by providing case studies on ports that have initiated their own port clean air programs."

Dr. Knatz further states, "We invite you to explore the IAPH Tool Box for Port Clean Air Programs and begin your clean air journey. It is important to keep in mind that while you aim to improve air quality at your port, the results also enable port businesses to continue to grow their operations. Therefore, your clean air program makes excellent business sense."

Secretary General Dr. Satoshi Inoue also says, "This is an important part of our continuing efforts to improve air quality in and around the world's ports. We have just presented it to the MEPC meeting at IMO. As no one-size-fits-all solution exists due to large variances in local conditions from one port to another, I am sure this Tool Box would surely help every port, IAPH members and non-members alike, develop its own integrated program for cleaner air of the port.

To download the full text, access http://www.iaphworldports.org/toolbox%201/toolbox%201.htm

For inquiry and information, e-mail: info@iaphworldports.org
or call 81-3-5403-2770.

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The International Association of Ports & Harbors (IAPH) is the global alliance of ports around the world. Established in 1955 as an international Non-Governmental Organization, IAPH represents today some 220 ports and 130 port-related companies and institutes of about 90 countries. Member ports all together handle 90% of the world container traffic and over 60% of the world maritime trade. IAPH tackles through Technical Committees a wide range of key issues facing the world port industry. Granted a Consultative NGO Status from UN agencies, IAPH also plays an active role in developing international frameworks for global issues related to maritime and trade activity.

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