Quebec City, October 23, 2007—The marine industry in Quebec and the rest of Canada continued to set itself apart today by officially launching its own environmental program calling on industry businesses to go further. This program covering the St. Lawrence and Great Lakes corridor is the first of its kind in North America. Program participants already include over 25 leaders representing the bulk of marine operations in this corridor.
Green Marine was founded by seven marine industry associations in Canada and the United States who decided to further reduce their “environmental footprint” by taking action around six major issues specific to their operations: aquatic invasive species, pollutant air emissions, greenhouse gases, cargo residues, oily water, and conflicts of use in port and terminals (noise, dust, odors, and light).
For Gerry Carter (Canada Steamship Lines), one of Green Marine’s three co-chairs, the diverse range of industry activities (ports and terminals, domestic and international shipowners, stevedoring companies, and the St. Lawrence Seaway) was a major challenge that has been tackled successfully. “Each business participating in the program is doing so voluntarily and is subject to a certification process. Each must set out its environmental challenges and a related action plan. A year may pass before program participants are granted official certification on a scale that ranges from compliance with applicable regulations to excellence and leadership in their practices.”
“Obtaining Green Marine certification will certainly make a difference within the industry and for its many partners,” said Green Marine co-chair Terry Jonhson (Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation). “We want certification to become the standard as well as an additional incentive for choosing marine transportation, which is already recognized as environmentally advantageous.”
Green Marine co-chair Laurence G. Pathy (Fednav Limited) believes that the desire to excel in this area goes beyond the marine industry and appeals to everyone, fostering collaboration among management, employees, unions, suppliers, environmental organizations, governments, and the public. “It’s a choice we made, because the solution to environmental challenges lies in everyone’s combined efforts. That’s why the environmental program officially recognizes the many partners and supporters by authorizing them to display the Green Marine logo.”
The Green Marine website (www.Green-Marine.org) will also transparently track the performance of each business that receives official certification. “We believe that by reporting on our actions, those concerned with the environment will encourage our industry in its efforts to go further,” added Laurence G. Pathy.
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