The European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) published annually the top 10 environmental priorities of European ports.
The last version of the list is from 2019
This information identifies the most important environmental priorities for European Ports. The Top 10 environmental priorities have been the same over the last three years. However, their relative positions have changed over the time. Air quality and energy consumption are the most important environmental issues since 2016. Climate change has raising several positions in the last years, being the third priority in 2019. Noise and Relationship with local community issues are specially relevant for ports close to cities, due to the increased relevance of quality of life in society and the impact that port activity can have on it.
Unsafe management and disposal of ship wastes and Garbage /port waste can readily lead to adverse health consequences for humans and sea life, a lot of regulations have been defined to mitigate this problem.
Most of the ports have been growing in the last years or/and have plans to do it in the next years. Port development, dredging operations and water quality issues are directly related with this grow.
To have a better understanding, it is also important to observe the evolution of the priorities along the time. The following table shows this evolution.
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