Friday, October 26, 2012

POLA Wins Environmental Award

For the second consecutive month, the Port of Los Angeles has received an environmental award from an England-based trade publication, this time from Containerisation International.

A judging panel including experts with extensive experience in international supply chain operations and management, voted to bestow upon the Los Angeles port the magazine’s annual Environmental Award. The award was presented earlier this month in London during the publication’s annual awards ceremony, which honors companies and individuals around the world for best practices, innovation and creative thinking in the container industry.

“We commend the Port of Los Angeles for its commitment to innovative business and environmental practices that have helped make the container industry safer, more secure and more sustainable,” Containerisation editor John Fossey said in a statement announcing the award. “The port’s approach to sustainability and green growth is far ahead of the curve and a lesson to the entire maritime industry.”

The award also highlighted the port’s hosting of the 2012 Pacific Ports Clean Air Collaborative Conference, which drew participants from around the world to discuss green supply chain strategies and environmental innovations, and for being the first seaport to adopt the Environmental Ship Index program, which rewards ocean carriers for bringing their newest and cleanest vessels to the Port.

The port was also recognized for its ongoing implementation of various initiatives under the Clean Air Action Plan, the initiative that has led to dramatic reductions in port emissions since 2005.
“This award illustrates that industry growth and environmental progress are not mutually exclusive, but rather an integrated strategy for success,” Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Geraldine Knatz said.

In September, the port received the Lloyd’s List Global Award in the Environment category, which recognized the port’s environmental leadership in adopting and promoting programs that reduce emissions from maritime sources. London-based Lloyd’s List is a daily newspaper for the maritime industry.