Corporate Social Responsibility Environmental Protection
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    Hutchison Port Holdings Limited (HPH) always endeavours to help the environment by combating pollution, reducing waste and lowering noise levels. We invest in new equipment and implement new techniques to make our operational practices more planet friendly.

    Green initiatives have been carried out or are ongoing at many of the ports in our network. Through these actions, we can improve the quality of life of local communities while enhancing the productivity and efficiency of our operations. The following list provides a summary of just some of these initiatives.


    Reduction of Air Pollution

    •  At several ports, we have converted some RTGCs from diesel power to electricity so as to nearly eliminate the emission of pollutants. This also has reduced noise pollution and saved energy.
    • The installation of air filters and oil filters in port equipment has cut exhaust.

    • The use of EURO III/IV-standard diesel vehicles and hybrid cars has also helped us reduce emissions.

    • Where practical, we use ultra-low-sulphur diesel fuel, which has a sulphur content of 0.001 percent (10 ppm).
    • We have switched the source of heat supplies from coal-powered boilers to electric boilers.
    Energy Conservation

    • The use of variable speed engines in our RTGCs and quay cranes has lowered our rate of fuel consumption.
    • We have cut the running speed of standard RTGC engines from 1800rpm to 1500rpm to save fuel.
    • We have converted standard RTGCs into hybrid RTGCs. These cranes include batteries that reduce energy use while helping us maintain flexibility.

    • We have obtained energy savings by using electronic ballasts in our crane floodlights.
    • Power savings have been gained by our use of lower-watt flood lights on lighting towers.
    • We switch off terminal lights when no operations are in progress.

    • Quay crane floodlights are dimmed when the cranes are idling.
    • Several of our frontloaders have electronic fuel injection engines.
    Water Conservation and Treatment

    • Rinse-water recycling systems have been installed at dangerous goods stacks.
    • We use wastewater treatment systems to remove phosphorus.
    • We strictly forbid the discharge of oily wastewater into port basins. We also strictly control the discharge of other sewage unless it undergoes special treatment.

    Reduction and Recycling of Standard and Hazardous Wastes

    • A hazardous residue disposal programme has helped us avoid harbour contamination and diminished the risk of fires.
    • If vessels we serve pass through areas affected by epidemics, their waste must be disinfected or burnt.
    • Cleansing service companies treat, pack and disinfect several types of general waste we emit.
    • Oil purification systems are used to recycle lubricants and hydraulic oil.
    Paper Conservation

    • We have implemented e-invoice and electronic administration and documentation systems.
    • Office paper consumption is strictly controlled.
    Energy Conservation

    • Several of our building lighting systems use electronic ballasts.
    • We have reduced unnecessary lighting in corridors and offices.
    •  We have installed light switches in separate areas, and we regularly remind staff members to switch off these lights when they are not in use.
    • Remote monitoring systems monitor and readjust indoor temperature settings in our buildings.

    • Recycled paper is used in our company publications.
    • We regularly collect office paper for recycling.
    • Where possible, we make use of recycled toner and office supplies.
    • Waste recycling bins have been set up in many places for the collection of compact discs, rechargeable batteries, expanded polystyrene, paper, plastic and metal.
    Staff Awareness Programmes

    • We regularly promote “green” culture in our offices and motivate employees to become environmentally conscious.
    • Activities are regularly conducted to highlight the actions employees can take to reduce the impact of climate change.
    • We participate in community environmental protection activities. These include Earth Hour 2009, recycling programmes for moon cake boxes, painting competitions, and green essay competitions.
    Community Initiatives in HPH ports

    • We have carried out local beach clean-ups.
    • By planting trees around our ports, we have beautified our local communities while promoting nature.
    HPUK's Community Initiatives

    • We collaborate with Natural England, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, and Suffolk Wildlife Trust.
    • A local nature reserve was fully funded by one of our terminals.
    Panama's Community Initiatives

    • One of our ports planted 34,000 mangroves to offset the construction of a terminal expansion.
    • One of our ports is part of a comprehensive local environmental management plan to reduce emissions, waste and noise.
    Mexico's Community Initiatives

    • Several ports have been certified as Environmental Perfomance Enterprises under a local programme.
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