Ghent Port Company was happy to receive the 'Milieucharter' (environmental charter) on Monday, June 28, 2010 for the first time. This charter praises the port for the numerous environmental initiatives it realized in 2009. Ghent is at the same time also the first Belgian port to obtain this environmental charter.
In 2009 Ghent Port Company participated for the first time in the 'Milieucharter', an initiative by Voka (Flemish network of enterprises) and the Province of East-Flanders. It stimulates companies into pursuing an active environmental policy that goes beyond what the legislator requires. The application immediately led to obtaining the certificate. This gives the Port Company an official recognition of its special environmental performances in 2009. For, taking care of the environment forms part of the daily policy of Ghent Port Company, both in the Port Company itself and also in the further development of Ghent port where sustainability and corporate social responsibility are at the centre.
Ghent Port Company's action plan comprises 11 actions. In the past year already a number of actions could be realized. For example, an environmental policy statement was drawn up, a reed field for the purification of the domestic waste water from the administration building was constructed and there was an evaluation of the car wash. Its staff was made aware of the importance of among other things mobility, economical water and energy consumption and less use of paper. An extensive mobility investigation among the staff members made clear that 17% of them comes to work by bike (in Flanders this is 9%). Other actions will be spread over the following years.