The joint declaration shows a regional commitment to collaborate on environmental challenges related to UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The document emphasizes the importance of exchange of knowledge, information and best practices related to various environmental topics. These are related to UN's SDGs and include the use of alternative energy sources, implementation of pollution reduction technologies combating emissions to air and water not limited to port area operations, as well as actions protecting biodiversity. Cross-industry cooperation is also part of the declaration.
Signatories include the Ports of Copenhagen Malmö, Helsingborg, Aarhus, Helsinki, Esbjerg, Gothenburg, Stockholm, Torshavn, Oslo and Faxaports.
Barbara Scheel Agersnap, CEO, Copenhagen Malmö Port AB, said, "Sustainable development is a considerable challenge - but also a development which holds great potential and opportunities. Responsible business demands innovative ways of thinking and new ways of working. In order to accelerate solutions on sustainable matters, we need to create strong partnerships. This declaration signals a strong commitment among some of the largest ports in the Nordic Region to act collectively."
The declaration acknowledges that each port will act at their own pace, based on different environmental, social and economic realities.