HAROPA : an environmental aim recognized
Reconcile economic growth with the environment management is a major challenge for HAROPA ports. The Seine corridor area, a hyphen between Paris and its sea board, has a significant business, tourist, local heritage and industrial potential. It also concentrates major environmental challenges, especially in the Seine estuary. This ecological corridor is an indispensable factor in the correct functioning of the European eco-systems and especially the wetlands on either side of the river.
Each port community has its own specific features, which are the result of both its history and its natural environment. In order to pool good environmental practices and effectively share the returns of experience, an Environmental Business Club was set up in 2012, including environmental experts from the three ports; this structural innovation being allowed by the joint venture between the ports of Le Havre, Rouen and Paris under the common banner of HAROPA.
The environmental strategy of HAROPA focuses upon three priority lines:
- Main line 1: promoting virtuous logistics solutions
- Main line 2: reducing the impact of our activities
- Main line 3: integrating ports in their natural and urban environment
Main line 1: promoting virtuous logistics solutions
The transport sector is responsible for 27% of the greenhouse gas emissions in France. Our role, as a port and logistics player, is contributing to make cargo transport more efficient, in terms of time, costs and environmental impact.
- develops multimodal transport (Multimodal Terminal in Le Havre, solutions of urban logistics in Paris, etc.) ;
- helps its customers in setting-up environment-friendly industrial projects (environmental development of the sites of the logistics parks of PLPN2 in Le Havre and RVSL in Rouen) ;
- encourages the efforts of the shipping and river transport sector (ESI trophies, financial incentives for operators favouring the modal shift, etc.).
CO emissions divided by 5 with barge transport
Main line 2: reducing the impact of our activities
Protecting the environment also requires proactive approaches incorporating environmental issues at every stage of our activities. The ports of HAROPA make use of recognized expertise and effective industrial planning tools (Port and Nature Development Scheme SDPN in Le Havre, Regional Planning Schemes in Rouen, Port Development Schemes for the Ile-de-France region, etc.) and of a drive of continuous improvement.
- HAROPA - Ports of Paris was ISO 14 001 certified in 2013 for all its environmental policy
- HAROPA - Port of Rouen aims to get this certification in late 2015
- HAROPA - Port of Le Havre will officially receive the PERS certification in autumn 2015
The planning tools and the Environmental Management Systems (EMS) make it possible to anticipate the troubles brought about by industrial business and implement concrete solutions to reduce them.
A few examples:
- the “Sand in Seine” charter in Paris
- experimentation on the site of Machu in Rouen, to process dredging sediment
- operation of automatic power stations for river boats alongside the quays in Rouen
HAROPA is also a special reception area for innovative industries: setting-up of the offshore wind program in Le Havre, examples of industrial ecology in Le Havre and Limay, production of biofuels in the port of Rouen, processing of
Main line 3: integrating ports in their natural and urban environment.
HAROPA handles much more than industrial areas alone.
The precincts under the responsibility of HAROPA ports include many wilderness areas that are often protected. In addition, industrial activities often set up in the heart of densely populated urban areas. Reconciling that must be managed in a sustainable and efficient way.
HAROPA commits itself:
- to protect biodiversity (“green and blue belt network” in Paris, Wilderness Areas Management Plan in Rouen, 2000 ha of ‘Natura 2000’ area in Le Havre, etc.) ;
- to boost the city-port interface: to design development projects that preserve urban and architectural continuity (re-development of the Southampton Quay in Le Havre, of the Tide Gauge District (‘Espace des Marégraphes’) in Rouen, or of the ports of Limay and Port Victor in Paris, etc.) ;
- to maintain constant dialogue with local stakeholders and all players in economic development.