ICTSI flagship secures ‘green port’ seal  

The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Port Services Network (APSN) recently recognised the Manila International Container Terminal (MICT), the Philippines’ leading international trading gateway and flagship of International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI), with the 2022 Green Port Award (GPAS).  

The MICT joins 10 other ports from six APEC member-economies which received the GPAS in 2022.   

The Green Port Award System (GPAS) program is an evaluation system for ports in the APEC region. It is developed by APSN with the endorsement of the APEC Forum. The program recognises the high calibre and excellent environmental actions and leadership demonstrated by ports in the Asia-Pacific region. The award is valid for three years.   

MICT has outlined its green strategy of integrating climate change management into its day-to-day operations, with the goal of becoming the most sustainable terminal in the Philippines. Aligned with the commitment to operate in an environmentally responsible and sustainable manner, MICT has implemented several environmental programs and activities, including improving waste and water management, circular economy initiatives, ecological protection and biodiversity programs, and decarbonisation efforts.  

Green growth of the port 

The GPAS program represents an integral part of APEC Transportation Working Group’s ongoing efforts to promote the green growth of the port industry. Since its launch in 2016, 45 ports in nine economies have been awarded the GPAS. 

Christian R. Gonzalez, ICTSI executive VP and chief sustainability officer, said: “Our work as a port operator demands that we maintain efficient operations all the time while contributing to continued sustainability of resources and decreasing adverse impact on the environment. We thank the APSN, with the support of our regulator, the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA), for recognizing our efforts in championing environmentally sustainable port activities at the Manila International Container Terminal (MICT).”