By Gagandeep Ghuman
Published: April 13, 2013
Squamish Terminals has signed on as a participant to Green Marine, the largest voluntary environmental program for the maritime industry in North America, the company announced in a media release this week.
Green Marine, founded in 2007, is a voluntary marine industry initiative with the goal of achieving levels of environmental performance that exceed regulatory requirements in areas such as air emissions, community impacts, dry bulk handling and storage, and environmental leadership.
A joint Canada-U.S. initiative, it’s aimed at implementing a marine industry environmental program throughout North America.
There are currently over 70 ship owners, port authorities, terminals and shipyards from coast to coast, in Canada and the United States, participating in the program.
Green Marine encourages its participants, ship owners, ports, terminals and shipyards, to undertake concrete actions that go beyond regulatory requirements aimed at improving environmental performance and sustainability.
Green Marine’s success is based on a 5-year track record of participating companies demonstrating improved environmental performance.
Ron Anderson, Squamish Terminals President & C.E.O., said the Terminals stands out for its environmental stewardship by being regular participants in the Squamish Estuary Management Committee and hosting the annual Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup in Squamish
“In the past few decades SQT has played a key role in the preservation and enhancement of both Howe Sound marine life and of the estuary,” he said.
Joining the group is a step forward for terminals, said Green Marine executive director, David Bolduc.
“Green Marine’s evaluation and reporting system will allow Squamish Terminals to benchmark its environmental performance.”
“It is an excellent way to demonstrate its commitment to sustainability.”