20 companies compete for Port of Antwerp’s first sustainability award


A jury of experts will determine the most successful sustainability project devised by companies operating in the port area

Winner in November

A field of 20 companies operating in the Port of Antwerp will compete for the port’s first Sustainability Award, after applications closed last week.

The idea for the award came from the port’s third sustainability report, presented last year, which highlights the port’s ambition “to be a front-runner in the creation of sustainable added value”. The report shows a reduction in the number of workplace accidents, growth in cleaner transport and more company investment in sustainability research.

The applications for the award are not restricted to environmental matters. The list also includes projects that aim to improve the welfare of port workers or improve mobility.

The applications now go before a jury co-chaired by the governors of Antwerp province and East Flanders. Also on the jury are Antwerp city councillor for port matters Marc Van Peel, and representatives of UN training centre Cifal Flanders, Antwerp Management School, government sustainability agency MVO Vlaanderen and sustainability network The Shift. The winner will be announced in November.

Photo courtesy Port of Antwerp

Port of Antwerp

The port of Antwerp is Europe’s second-largest port and one of the world’s most important ports for container traffic.
Going green - The port’s first-ever sustainability report won it the Award for Best Belgian Sustainability Report.
Size - The port takes up more space than the actual city of Antwerp.
Roots - Historians have found evidence for the port’s existence dating back to the 12th century.

barges entering the port daily


companies in the greater port area


tonnes of freight handled in 2012