Aqaba Container Terminal Releases Its Eighth Annual Sustainability Report
Aqaba Container Terminal, the preferred gateway to the Levant region and beyond, is proud to announce the release of its eighth annual sustainability report earlier this month, marking almost a decade of continuous and comprehensive efforts to make the terminal a greener, more sustainable company. ACT’s sustainability report was certified by Boston-based Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), the international independent standards organization, remaining the only company in Aqaba – and one of only four companies in the whole country – to issue a GRI-certified sustainability report in its latest edition.
Throughout the year, ACT has taken every opportunity to improve themselves in terms of environmental impact and sustainable socio-economic development, while operating the terminal with the highest levels of efficiency. These efforts were reflected few months ago when ACT received the prestigious ‘Terminal Operator’ award at the Lloyd’s List South Asia, Middle East & Africa awards.
In 2018, ACT managed to reduce its energy intensity by 5.5%, improve its water intensity by 1%, reduce its waste levels by 13%, and decrease its total Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions intensity by 10%. These initiatives, in addition to the extensive employee hazardous materials training, have created an environment of green, eco-friendly proactivity that sets a glowing example for other parties within the sector.
ACT’s social contribution to the Kingdom is built upon its highly-trained and highly-nationalized workforce, its highest safety standards, and just giving back to the families and the surrounding communities through its extensive CSR program. The workforce, which consists of 99.4% Jordanian employees are empowered after in-depth training and development programs, and enjoy second to none benefits covering housing, transportation, education, healthcare on top of competitive salaries.
ACT’s social initiatives are carefully aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Jordan 2025 National Vision strategy. Since 2016, ACT provided over 18,000 volunteer man-hours and over half a million JOD to its surrounding area, as well as distributing school supplies to 2,250 underprivileged children, and 2,600 vital food parcels to families in need.
“We have a role to play in Jordan as a good and responsible corporate citizen, and we will keep doing so with utmost respect for the country, its people, and its resources,” said CEO Steven Yoogalingam. “Our sustainability report shows with full transparency the work that we are doing in Aqaba and in the Kingdom, and the impact that we are having socially, environmentally, and commercially. We will continue to operate with the highest international standards and strive for continuous improvement.”
Aqaba Container Terminal
In 2003, the Aqaba Development Corporation (ADC), on behalf of the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority, was on a mission to acquire a strategic partnership to improve the efficiency, capacity and the operational performance of the container terminal in Aqaba. After signing a Terminal Management Contract with ADC in 2004, APM Terminals (part of the global A.P. Møller–Maersk Group), took over the management and operation of the terminal.
A 25-year Joint Development Agreement (JDA) was signed between ADC and the Aqaba Container Terminal (ACT) in 2006. Under the contract, APM Terminals Jordan operates, manages and markets ACT in addition to executing the Master Plan, which anticipates achieving a drastic increase of throughput capacity through a combination of physical and operational improvements.