Aqaba Container Terminal (ACT) recently announced the publication of its third sustainability report under the heading “Sustainable Gateway to Jordan and Beyond,” becoming the first container terminal in the Middle East and the APM Terminals global network tocheck and meet the G4 guidelines for transparency and disclosure outlined by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Check.
In compliance with the G4 standard, the report adopts a materiality approach that determines the relevance of key operational areas on the terminal’s various stakeholders, outlining its continued efforts to boost its contribution to sustainable development within the Kingdom. The report communicates results on several key operational clusters that include economic benefits accrued from the terminal’s continued expansion, the overall satisfaction of its employees, the reduction of its environmental footprint and its continued contribution to the local community through various CSR initiatives.
The report positions 2013 as a year of marked growth for ACT, particularly with the finalization of the terminal’s berth expansion project which delivered an additional 460 meters to the terminal’s berth length, reaching 1000 meter of berth length. Year-end figures showed a 20 percent increase in total exports and a total throughput of 872,810 Twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs), translating to a 7 percent year-on-year increase. This operational growth is met with an impressive 84 percent employee satisfaction rate and a record employee safety record that boasts zero fatalities and a 27 percent decrease in sick leaves.
“Given the sheer scale and continued expansion of our operations in the Kingdom, evaluating and reporting the social and environmental impact of our operations becomes just as crucial as measuring our economic performance,” commented ACT’s CEOJeppe Jensen. “The publication of ACT’s third sustainability report marks a key milestone in our long-term expansion strategy, in which sustainability plays an integral role. The sense of achievement is further accentuated by the fact that it comes with a G4 certification by the Global Reporting Initiative, which signifies our unwavering commitment to transparent, evidence-based reporting.”
Other notable achievements highlighted by the report include a 16 percent improvement in energy intensity despite a net increase in energy consumption, a 2 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and a total of JD 11,000 invested in effective water management. Total spill volume was reduced by an impressive 89 percent, while 56 percent of total waste was effectively recycled. On the CSR front, the terminal continued to work toward delivering measurable benefits in the quality of life of various social segments, with community investments totaling JD 175,000 in 2013.
The report also outlines the terminal’s targets in the arena of sustainability for the coming year, which include improved results in operational efficiency, employee satisfaction, safety, environmental impact and community development.
ACT is a joint venture between the Aqaba Development Corporation (ADC) and APM Terminals, the leading global provider of advanced logistical services, operating via a 25-year build-operate-transfer agreement signed in 2006. The terminal constitutes the logistical and economic backbone of the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority (ASEZA), serving as the preferred gateway to the region for many active markets around the world. Over the years, the terminal has been a shining example of a large-scale establishment operating under a progressive leadership with an uncompromising dedication to sustainable growth.