INTERNATIONAL Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI) subsidiary Contecon Guayaquil SA (CGSA) has been granted a carbon-neutral certification from the ISO.
In a statement, José Antonio Contreras, who sits as chief executive at CGSA, said this makes the Latin American terminal the first seaport in South America to obtain such certification.
“This carbon-neutral certification awarded to Contecon Guayaquil is a testament of our firm and unbreakable commitment to preserve the environment in our own way,” he said.
Contreras said the certification shows the company’s policies are directed and translated toward greater sustainability initiatives.
“This certification highlights, above all, a conviction and responsibility to guarantee eco-friendly and sustainable operations with less contamination to the environment,” he said.
ICTSI’s largest concession in Latin America, CGSA has repeatedly been recognized for its environmental efforts since 2010.
Anders Kjeldsen, ICTSI senior vice president and regional head of the Americas, noted that across all operations, the Enrique K. Razon-led company “is continuing its enhancement of energy-monitoring systems, expanding the use of next-generation energy-efficient cargo handling equipment and vehicle fleets, and developing productivity measures that ensures port efficiency as its move towards optimizing energy-efficient operations.”
“Beyond port efficiency, the ICTSI Group has been making substantial investments to ensure an environmental-friendly supply chain, with the long-term vision of being able to secure appropriate certifications for all ports—regardless of location, project age, or stage of development,” he said.
ICTSI’s portfolio of terminals and projects spans across Asia Pacific, the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Africa.