Environmental management system
1. Environmental Strategy
Policy and Certification (Spanish)
Significant Features and Environmental Objectives
The APLP, the Port Authority of Las Palmas, periodically identifies the Environmental Features of its activity which it can control and those on which it can exercise influence, in order to determine which ones have greatest environmental impact.
Taking into account these significant environmental aspects, the APLP will assume various objectives and targets in line with what is set out in the organisation's Environmental Policy.
The characteristics of the objectives should be:
- Clear, exact and well defined so that they cannot be left unmet due to lack of definition.
- Time-specific, with the establishment of deadlines for achievement.
- Quantifiable and measurable where this is feasible and they can therefore be compared against a reference value.
- Coherent with the environmental and strategic policy of the PORT AUTHORITY OF LAS PALMAS.
- The technological options, financial, operational and commercial requisites, as well as the opinions of the interested parties, should be considered.
- Commitment to the prevention of contamination must be considered.
- Legal and other requisites must be met.
- Significant environmental aspects must be considered.
- The objectives must be ambitious so that they are a challenge and mean an effort for those facing them.
- They must be attainable so that they can be achieved within the deadlines indicated.
ENVIRONMENTAL LEGISLATION APPLICABLE TO THE APLP
The Port Authority of Las Palmas considers compliance with legislation to be one of the basic pillars of environmental management.
To do so, it undertakes periodic identification of the legal requisites which are applicable and regularly checks compliance, taking the actions which are needed to avoid possible deviations.
In the same way, it considers it to be fundamental that its external suppliers, including contractors, are familiar with the regulations applicable to the organisation in order thus to guarantee that these obligations are taken into account during the provision of a supply and/or service.
2. Environmental Information
Environmental regulations of the APLP
In accordance with Royal Legislative Decree 2/2011, dated 5th September, which passes the Consolidated Text of the Law on State Ports and the Merchant Navy into law, the management and administration of its resources are attributed to the Port Authorities within a framework of efficiency, effectiveness and environmental sustainability. Therefore, with the responsibility of optimising the financial management of the ports, as well as contributing to the development of the public policies with regard to quality, the Port Authorities must articulate initiatives for environmental management which cover the port operators in the port and all the financial activity carried out there.
In this regard, the Port Authority of Las Palmas has published Instruction No. 3/17 OF THE DIRECTOR OF THE PORT AUTHORITY OF LAS PALMAS RELATING TO THE OPERATIVITY OF THE LOADING/UNLOADING OF SOLID BULK CARGO IN THE PORTS OF LAS PALMAS, passed on 8th May 2018 and subsequently published in the Official Bulletin of the Province of Las Palmas (BOP).
These regulations are designed to achieve greater control over port activity, which will lead to an improvement in the overall environment of the port.
Guide to good environmental practices (Spanish)
Good Environmental Practices are those actions designed to reduce the negative environmental impact of an activity.
They are practices which are very easy and simple to apply, due to their simplicity and low cost, and they enable quick results to be obtained, thus contributing to Sustainable Development.
The aim of these guides is to make people aware of the effects we generate on the environment, bringing solutions by means of the proposal of correct environmental practices.
Model of Agreement for environmental discounts
In accordance with article 245.1.b of the Consolidated Text of the Law on State Ports and the Merchant Navy it is set out that, in order to encourage better environmental practices, the Port Authority will apply, inter alia, discounts to the fee for the activity tariff.
In the same article it is established that the requisites which the owner of the authorisation, concessions or licence must meet are as follows:
- To have signed an Agreement with the Port Authority with regard to good environmental practices which must provide for a combination of technical and operational instructions, compliance with which can be checked by means of a system of environmental management, based on the guides for good environmental practices approved by the State Ports, the scope of which comprises traffic handled in its entirety.
- To be on the register of the community system of environmental management and auditing (EMAS) or to have an environmental management system based on UNE-EN-ISO-14001 in place, certified by an organism accredited to that end by the National Accreditation Entity (ENAC), the scope of which comprises all those services relating to the activity which is the object of the authorisation or concession.
These Agreements provide for the combination of technical and operational instructions, compliance with which is checked by means of the Environmental Management System certification according to UNE-EN ISO 14001:2004, which has to be adapted to the contents of the Guide to Good Practices published by the State Ports and its further editions.