EcoPort Certification of Taiwan’s Keelung and Taichung Ports
Unscheduled news conferences
Taiwan International Ports Corporation,Ltd.
Maintains TIPC Leadership in Asia’s Green Port Mov
Following the certification of the Port of Kaohsiung as Asia’s first EcoPort in 2014, the Taiwan International Ports Corporation (TIPC) successfully certified its subsidiary ports of Keelung and Taichung as EcoPorts in November of this year under the rules and regulations of the European Sea Ports Organization (ESPO). TIPC will convene an EcoPort certification ceremony and press conference at 9:30am on December 15th, 2015 at the GIS MOTC Convention Center at which the ESPO will officially present the EcoPort certification documents. TIPC Chairman Chih-ching Chang has invited all of the agencies that were involved in the certification process to attend. Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) Minister Jian-yu Chen will be present to personally deliver the congratulations of his ministry.
The TIPC, with assistance and guidance from the MOTC, launched the Taiwan Green Ports Initiative in 2013. This initiative has been highly successful in implementing comprehensively “green” sets of operational protocols, procedures, and standards at Taiwan’s international commercial ports that are designed to improve port operations significantly in the four key areas of passenger transportation, cargo transportation, urban development, and port environment and to bolster the roles of these ports in promoting national economic, environmental, and social sustainability. The press conference will explain the process undertaken by these ports to earn EcoPort certification and highlight some of their innovative achievements in the environmental protection arena. Examples of the latter include the installation of new runoff / wastewater treatment facilities, the substantive improvement of harbor water quality, and the opening of a 24/7 automatic environmental monitoring station at the Port of Keelung and the implementation of ecology and “green belt” improvement measures and of new green construction and energy conservation requirements at the Port of Taichung.
Related agencies and organizations that have been invited to witness the ceremony and press conference include the MOTC, Environmental Protection Administration, Coast Guard Administration, Keelung and Taichung Harbor Police Departments, Keelung and Taichung Harbor Fire Brigades, and Keelung and Taichung City Governments.
Global EcoPort certification is an important, internationally recognized indicator of port service quality and sustainability. Key international commercial ports that already hold ESPO EcoPort certification include Amsterdam, London, Stockholm, and Oslo, among many others. English and Chinese versions of the Environmental Report documents for the current EcoPort-certified TIPC subsidiary ports of Keelung, Taichung, and Kaohsiung are available for public download and viewing via the TIPC / Green Port initiative webpage: http://www.twport.com.tw/GP/.