Sustainable Performance Monitor

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There is a continued need to improve the performance of terminals to make them not only more competitive, but also more sustainable. The concept of sustainability has been recognized by industry to be an important contributor to the firm-specific competitive advantage.

This independent research initiative aims to identify best practice and performance examples in the port sector to establish a set of global bench-marking indicators.

To support terminals and create direct value added to the participants this online tool allows the terminals to benchmark themselves against the other terminals participating in the initiative in key strategic areas: e.g. productivity, emissions, energy efficiency, and water consumption.

The tool is being developed at the University of Applied Sciences Bremen, Germany in collaboration with the Universidad de los Andes, Colombia and supporting research at the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, the Global Logistics Emissions Council and private sector entities (global and local terminal operators) among others. Currently, the initiative counts with the participation of over 140 terminals from four continents.

The initiative aims to:

  1. provide the participating terminals with an online tool that allows for managing and analysing energy efficiency and productivity in the terminal.
  2. monitor and improve the data regarding productivity, water and energy consumption, as well as and efficiency and other KPIs.

The applied methodology has been developed by United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the University of Aplied Sciences in Bremen, Germany, as part of the efforts to reach the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and to support countries and companies to improve and benchmark their performance under certain sustainability criteria.

All data are treated strictly confidential. All data at the individual terminal level obtained though the initiative, will be coded or de-identified. Under no circumstances will the identifiers be made available to individuals.

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