Tan Cang Port - Cat Lai, one of the two "green ports" of Tan Cang Sai Gon Corporation. Photo: VNA

Vietnam has strived to implement practical solutions in port construction, management and operation in a sustainable and environmentally friendly manner.

Seaports are an important gateway for the transport of goods and services by inland waterways around the world. However, they are also one of the main causes of environmental pollution.

The shipping industry accounts for around 3% of total global carbon emissions, emitting more than 940 million tonnes of CO2 per year, in particular, accounting for 15% of total sulphur emissions and 11% of plastic particle emissions.

In the context of increased international trade, seaports should focus on developing a sustainable and environmentally friendly maritime industry ecosystem.

Pointing to sources of pollution in port management and operation, Tran Thi Tu Anh, deputy head of the Department of Science, Technology and Environment (Vietnam Maritime Administration), said such activities negatively affect air quality and the marine environment.

Therefore, port operators must ensure that development, construction and expansion are carefully planned and managed, complying with emission reduction standards, and minimizing pollution levels.

To build green and smart ports, according to experts, it is necessary to promote the use of clean and renewable energies in the exploitation and operation of ports, and apply information technologies to protect the environment.

Therefore, it must have a high quality staff, which responds to the requirements of sustainable port development.

Many experts also stressed the need to implement a single window mechanism to reduce ship dwell time, promote the use of clean energy in ports and green logistics solutions.

(Taken from Vietnam+)