Comprehensive environmental protection. A joint task.
Environmental protection at the ports of Bremen is a joint task in which the main stakeholders at the ports are involved:
Preventive environmental protection has to start at an early stage. At the roots. In order to avoid – or minimise – environmental impact. At the ports, we are faced with the challenge of reconciling that aspect with the need to guarantee the permanent availability of our facilities. We do not want to destroy the environment for humans and animals, and nor do we want to jeopardise the future of our ports.
The location-based environmental management system PERS helps the ports of Bremen achieve their environmental goals pursuant to the ESPO regulations and specifications. The European port standard is based on DIN ISO 14001. The prime instruments are continuous environmental monitoring, environmental protection projects, key performance indicators for port operations and management and for the environmental situation, as well as a register of the legal requirements relating to environmental aspects at the ports. Our monitoring parameters and the latest key performance indicators are published in our detailed Environmetal Report.
By regarding environmental management as a joint issue, we improve the environmental performance of the different stakeholders at the ports of Bremen cost effectively and sustainably – also for future generations. We review our environmental policies every two years. We publish an environmental report as confirmation that we satisfy the requirements of EcoPorts, ESPO environmental policies and the port institutions.
Ports and shipping go hand in hand. What’s more, they are mutually dependent. Challenges such as climate change, decreasing biodiversity and the international Sustainable Development Goals all call for a change of mind-set – on both sides. Global transport flows, which are essentially dependent on shipping, have to be thoroughly reconsidered and redesigned. The entire sector is responsible for developing in a sustainable way in order to protect the environment and drastically reduce emissions and pollutants. We therefore pursue a holistic sustainability strategy, every step of which points our ports towards the future.
Different kinds of waste water occur in the shipping business. The competent departments in the Federal Land of Bremen have therefore published a leaflet about dealing with that waste water as guidelines for the institutions at the ports of Bremen. The specifications contained in the leaflet are intended primarily for shipping companies and skippers. The leaflet also contains information about obtaining a permit for underwater hull cleaning at the ports. The notification of waste by the vessels in accordance with MARPOL regulations is monitored by Bremen’s port authority, HBH. The treatment of ship-generated waste and cargo residues is governed by the provisions of the Waste Management Plan and the Bremen Act on Port Reception Facilities.
The Environmental Ship Index (ESI), developed by a working group of the major North-West European ports on behalf of the World Port Climate Initiative, compares and rates the emissions of ships. It is a voluntary, international scoring system which enables ports to offer benefits to eco-friendly seagoing vessels. The owners register their vessels and obtain the corresponding certificates and documentation. An index formula is used to calculate the individual ESI score, which always takes the latest legal requirements into account.
The ports of Bremen have offered a bonus programme based on the ESI since 2012. This means that eco-friendly seagoing and inland shipping vessels receive a discount on the port charges. Since 2020 a financial bonus has also been available as part of the “ESI Noise”.
bremenports has presented greenports awards every year since 2014. These awards are given to particularly environmentally friendly vessels in the categories “Vessel with the lowest emissions” and “Shipowner or charterer of the fleet with the lowest emissions”. The awards are based on the Environmental Ship Index score (ESI) for the preceding year for the ports of Bremen. Vessels have to call at our ports several times during the reporting period to qualify for the award. This is intended as a token of our appreciation for our regular customers.