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Criteria by type of participant

PORTS AND SEAWAY CORPORATIONS

Performance indicator's objective:

Recognize the significant influence of port authorities and Seaway corporations as landowners and/or managers over the environmental practices of their tenants and/or users.

2022 criteria

Level 1

1.1 Reach level 2 for at least one other performance indicator in the program.

Level 2

2.1 Reach level 2 for at least 2 other performance indicators of the program.

AND fulfill one of the following 3 criteria:

2.2 At least one of the participant’s eligible tenants is a Green Marine participant.

Note: An “eligible tenant” is a tenant located within the participant’s boundaries that could potentially become a participant of the Green Marine Environmental Program.

OR

2.3 Write and publicly communicate an environmental policy.

OR

2.4 Develop and update annually a section on the company’s public website presenting an overview of the Green Marine program and the company’s latest performance results.

Note: Green Marine offers assistance to participants in developing the content.

Level 3

3.1 Include environmental clauses in all new leases and contracts.

Fulfill one of the following 4 criteria:

3.2 At least 25% of the participant’s eligible tenants are Green Marine participants.

Note: The participant may also use, for reference, the tonnage handled by tenants that are participants to the Green Marine environmental program.

OR

3.3 Implement a voluntary system that encourages tenants to establish environmental objectives.

OR

3.4 Undergo an internal or external audit at least every 5 years to verify the environmental compliance of all operations.

Note: Any non-compliances found should be rectified, when possible, within the following year. Otherwise, an action plan with a timeline should be developed.

OR

3.5 Actively participate in social and/or environmental community activities every year (e.g. shoreline clean-up operations, tree-planting campaigns, scholarships, educational activities, open houses, port days, etc.).

Note: Active participation is defined as the provision of support by the participant, whether through financial means, human resources, and/or material/equipment.

Level 4

Fulfill at least 4 of the following criteria:

4.1 More than 50% of the participant’s eligible tenants are Green Marine participants.

Note: The participant may also use, for reference, the tonnage handled by tenants that are participants to the Green Marine environmental program.

4.2 Use 1% or more of annual operating revenues to finance environmental or social projects linked to the participant’s environmental footprint.

4.3 Finance or make donations of at least 1% of annual operating revenues to environmental projects.

4.4 Use a variable fee schedule based on the environmental participation of users (e.g., a variable fee schedule based on the environmental certification obtained by ships or on the type of fuel used by ships).

4.5 Implement an environmental management system (e.g., ISO 14000).

Note: At level 4, certification is not mandatory if the participant can demonstrate that all the elements of an environmental management system are in place. At level 5, certification is mandatory.

4.6 Publish an annual report providing details of the participant’s environmental performance.

Note: The report must follow a recognized standard, such as the Global Reporting Initiative's Reporting Guidelines.

4.7 Complete a project within the last five (5) years that provides public access to shorelines.

4.8 Complete a project within the last five (5) years that restores natural habitats (must not be linked to a mandatory compensation measure).

4.9 Convert at least 50% of the participant’s fleet of road vehicles to more environmentally friendly technologies (high-renewable-content fuels, hybrids, etc.).

Note: High-renewable-content fuels must contain more than 5% renewable content.

4.10 Introduce innovative or exemplary technologies or projects, within the last five (5) years, aimed at significantly reducing the environmental footprint of the port or seaway’s activities (e.g., shore power programs, development of renewable energy).

4.11 Any other comparable measure accepted by Green Marine.
Note: The project must have been started (e.g., installation of equipment, final investment decision, etc.) during the last three (3) years.

Note: See Annex 4-A.

4.12 Implement a sustainable infrastructure management framework, such as Envision, in the development process of infrastructure projects.

Level 5

5.1 Fulfill at least two additional criteria listed in level 4.

5.2 Attain an average that is equivalent to level 4 with respect to the program's other performance indicators.

Terminals and shipyards

Performance indicator's objective:

Encourage and recognize the implementation of original and exemplary environmental initiatives by private marine companies.

2022 criteria

Level 1

1.1 Reach level 2 for at least one other performance indicator of the program.

Level 2

2.1 Reach level 2 for at least 2 other performance indicators of the program.

AND fulfill one of the following 2 criteria:

2.2 Write and publicly communicate an environmental policy.

OR

2.3 Develop and update annually a section on the company’s public website presenting an overview of the Green Marine program and the participant’s latest performance results.

Note: Green Marine offers assistance to participants in developing the content.

Level 3

3.1 At least 2 of the participant's eligible terminals or operating sites (stevedoring companies) or shipyards are Green Marine participants.

Note: Not applicable if the company operates only one eligible terminal or site.

3.2 Undergo an internal or external audit at least every 5 years to verify the environmental compliance of all operations.

Note: Any non-compliances found should be rectified, when possible, within the following year. Otherwise, an action plan with a timeline should be developed.

3.3 Actively participate in social and/or environmental community activities every year (e.g. shoreline clean-up operations, tree-planting campaigns, scholarships, educational activities, open-house, etc.).

Note: Active participation is defined as the provision of support by the participant, whether through financial means, human resources, and/or material/equipment.

Level 4

4.1 50% of the participant's eligible terminals, operating sites (stevedoring companies) or shipyards are Green Marine participants.

Note: Not applicable if the company operates only one or two eligible terminals or sites.

4.2 Attain an average that is equivalent to level 3 with respect to the program's other performance indicators.

AND fulfill at least 2 of the following criteria:

4.3 Publicly disclose GHG and air pollutants’ reduction targets and timeframe.

4.4 Implement an environmental management system (EMS). Example: ISO 14000.

Note: At level 4, certification is not mandatory if the participant can demonstrate that all the elements of an environmental management system are in place. At level 5, certification is mandatory. If the company is not certified, it must implement four other measures among

4.3. to 4.9. to achieve level 5.

4.5 Publish an annual report providing details of the participant’s environmental performance.

Note: The report must follow a recognized standard, such as the Global Reporting Initiative's Reporting Guidelines.

4.6 Have a replacement policy for converting the fleet of road vehicles and/or non-road vehicles for more environmentally friendly technologies or models (high-renewable-content fuels, hybrids, electrical, higher tier engines, etc.) and have started to convert the fleet or to test new technologies or models.

Note: For a detailed definition of high-renewable content fuel, refer to the Renewable Fuels Regulations (Canada) or to the Renewable Fuels Standard (U.S.). More information can be found on the document “Renewable Fuels Regulations” in the Members section of the Green Marine website.

4.7 Introduce innovative or exemplary technologies or projects, within the last five (5) years, aimed at significantly reducing the environmental footprint of the participant’s activities.

4.8 Any other comparable measure accepted by Green Marine.
Note: The project must have been started (e.g., installation of equipment, final investment decision, etc.) during the last three (3) years.

Note: See Annex 4-A.

4.9 Finance or make annual donations to environmental and/or social projects.

Note: For operating revenues < $1,000,000, donations must reach at least $50,000 annually. See the table in the program summary.

Note for the verifier: Refer to the annual membership fee the participant has paid to Green Marine to determine the participant’s range of revenue established in the membership fee schedule (posted online).

4.10 Implement a sustainable infrastructure framework, such as Envision, in the development process of infrastructure projects.

Level 5

5.1 All of the company's eligible terminals, operating sites (stevedoring companies), or shipyards are Green Marine participants. Note: Not applicable for participants that operate only one or two eligible terminals or sites.

5.2 Fulfill at least two additional criteria listed in level 4.

5.3 Attain an average that is equivalent to level 4 with respect to the program's other performance indicators.

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