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Russian Federation : Green Guide established by ESPO for urging excellence in environmental management and sustainability.

For Assessing the environmental performance is directed by Revised Green Guide. The launch of a new guide is announced by European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) of a new guide that fully revises and updates its previous Environmental Code of Practice produced nearly a decade ago.

An announcement is also made regarding Green Guide's xcellence in port environmental management and sustainability, during a dedicated session at the GreenPort Congress in Marseille, France.

As per ESPO, a further step is taken by guide than previous editions, as the new guide introduces a common framework for action under Five Es : Exemplify, Enable, Encourage, Engage and Enforce. This action framework is applied to five selected environmental issues: air quality, energy conservation and climate change, noise management, waste management and water management.

The application of the Five Es is showing the way towards a comprehensive and integrated approach, said Commission Vice-President Siim Kallas, in the foreword to the new guide. The Commission appreciates ESPO s approach in assisting ports to implement the relevant EU rules rigorously and is following this initiative with great interest.

Not only promotional tool of the sector s efforts, Green Guide, is also a way to help spur port authorities into action by re-evaluating the environmental practices adopted at their respective ports.

I am confident that the ambitious goals of the Green Guide will encourage our members to further improve their track record in environmental management and performance, said ESPO Chairman, Victor Schoenmakers. This Guide is a product of ports for ports and I am very grateful to the members of the Sustainable Development Committee and the secretariat for the hard work they put in.

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