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Monday 13th December 2010 – In line with its commitment to reduce its carbon footprint significantly across its 50 marine terminals across the world, DP World has become the first global port operator to roll out Greenstone Carbon Management and The CarbonNeutral Company’s carbon management and reduction solution newly developed for the ports and marine sector.
The move comes as part of the global operator’s initiatives begun in 2008 to reduce its carbon emissions by 27% over five years. Measuring and managing emissions is crucial to that effort and while DP World has invested in data collection systems at its terminals, in 2010, it commissioned Greenstone to further develop data gathering processes and set-up Greenstone’s Acco2unt* carbon management solution tailored to DP World’s methodology, which is firmly based on the principles of the leading international standard – the Greenhouse Gas Protocol Corporate Standard. Greenstone and DP World also delivered a training programme for terminals to upload their data and analyse their performance on an ongoing basis.
Charles Haine, Global Environment Manager at DP World said: "90 percent of goods are currently shipped by sea and our terminals play a crucial role in the supply chain. In order to meet our industry-leading environmental targets, we needed to fully understand the impact of our business activities. We recognise that our ability to monitor our carbon emissions will help drive continuous improvement in our sustainability efforts. Due to the complex nature of our diverse business operations, we looked for a professional and cost efficient solution that was easy to use but allowed us to aggregate data from a wide various of sources."
Adopting Acco2unt will help DP World drive the ethos of continual improvement in documenting its carbon footprint. It complements other recent successes in the journey to adopt a low-carbon approach such as being the first international operator to disclose its emissions publicly in the Carbon Disclosure Project.
Mr Haine added: "The implementation of Greenstone’s Acco2unt software gives us a comprehensive reporting framework with a clear breakdown of our emissions which, in turn, allows us to compare performance across the business and drive continual improvement. The beauty of the software is that we have tailored it to be able to report on the global portfolio while at the same time making it practical for individual terminals to get feedback on their performance. There’s no doubt that Greenstone’s software has automated much of the manual process, which can be prone to human error, and will enable us to develop targeted reduction projects with greater focus, transparency and efficiency."
Matthew de Villiers, Chief Executive Officer at Greenstone commented: “Businesses around the world are facing a significant increase in the administrative burden and complexity of measuring and reporting carbon emissions. We are delighted that DP World is already seeing results from using Acco2unt and is leading the way in carbon management within the marine terminal industry.”
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Notes to Editor
*Greenstone’s unique Acco2unt software product suite provides organisations with robust carbon management and accounting solutions. It enables organisations to measure, manage, plan, store and report emission data, track performance on their carbon footprint at multiple organisational levels and to model carbon footprint reduction strategies. Acco2unt can significantly reduce the burden of auditing and reporting for compliance and voluntary reporting purposes. An extensive list of emission sources is included in the software’s calculation covering energy, travel and transport, waste and water.