Certification for environmental management at JadeWeserPort issued for third time
The environmental management at Germany’s only deep-sea container port located in Wilhelmshaven, was PERS-certified for the third time, following initial certifications in 2015 and 2018. PERS is the abbreviation for the Port Environmental Review System: a special mechanism for the comprehensive analysis and monitoring of environmental management systems in ports. The certificate was issued by the EcoPorts international organisation headquartered in Brussels, and defines special requirements for the environmental management at JadeWeserPort: these include organisational and legal aspects, as well as structural modifications to the existing port infrastructure with the aim of generating more efficient logistics chains. The main aspects are the measures implemented for environmental protection, and reducing the environmental impact associated with the port. The basis for the application for renewing the PERS certification was the latest environmental report issued by JadeWeserPort-Realisierungsgesellschaft (JWPR). Aspects integrated in the report for the first time were the planned electrification of the connecting railway line, and the marshalling yard in Freight Village Wilhelmshaven. The connection from the port to the public railway network is being modernised, and the railway line from Oldenburg to Wilhelmshaven is scheduled to be electrified by 2022. To ensure that the connection between the public railway line and the track network within the port itself is optimally configured, electrification of the approximately 4 km long connecting track, as well as the whole marshalling yard with its 16 tracks, is also planned. This will then enable diesel locomotives to be replaced by electric trains, and thus to reduce the emissions generated by the railway technology.
Holger Banik, managing director of JWPR and Niedersachsen Ports says: “We are delighted to receive the PERS certification for the third time, and the associated international recognition of the measures we have implemented for sustainable business activities and the development of the port. Our goal is the rigorous and continuous expansion of the environmental management system in the years to come.”
The latest environmental report is available here.
Photo: Holger Banik, Managing Director JadeWeserPort Realisierungs GmbH & Co. KG and Niedersachsen Ports GmbH & Co. KG and Silke Lüders, Environmental Coordinator JadeWeserPort Realisierungs GmbH & Co. KG.