SATISFYING TODAY’S NEEDS WITHOUT COMPROMISING THE NEEDS OF FUTURE GENERATIONS.
The term “sustainability” has many definitions. For TCP, as a corporation, the most adequate is the development which satisfies current needs without compromising the needs of future generations.
This definition of corporate sustainability implies an economic side as well as a social and environmental side, and for this reason the company carries out practices that are economically viable, but also responsible towards society and the environment.
In that note, we have worked since the beginning of our operations in Montevideo supporting different programs and projects that meet our sustainability policy.
We have implemented an environmental management system, associated to our quality and work safety systems, which was eventually certified under the standard ISO14001.
Our management system is translated into programs and actions. Below some of the programs and actions that have been implemented by TCP:
- Oil/mud separating devices for recovery and treatment at the equipment cleaning facility.
- Water treatment plant at the container cleaning facility.
- New all LED lighting at the container yard.
- New hybrid Diesel/Electric heavy equipment fleet.
- Management of machinery useful life cycle.
- Green Area for recycling type II waste.
- Recycling type I waste.
- Reduction of water and energy consumption.
- Cooperation with the State’s Engineering University in measuring CO2 emissions to calculat carbon footprint in the Port of Montevideo.
- OCS (OceanCleanSweep) Initiative, which strives to minimize sea pollution.
- Awareness campaigns and recycling activities with our people and third-party suppliers.
- Creation of vermicompost bins in collaboration with students of Portugal Elementary School, to be used in the school’s market garden.
- Collaboration with the State’s Science University in studying dengue and chikunguña vectors by capturing and identifying Aedes Aegypti mosquitoes and evaluating the potential transmission risk of these viruses in the port area.
- On-the-job training and courses for our people.
- Working with the port zone community in different theme areas.
- Supporting sports, organizing a 5k race in cooperation with the neighborhood’s sport institutions.
- Supporting dual socio-educational organizations (ANIMA).
To improve our performance in sustainability for the future, TCP decided to join MARPOL’s proposal to reduce emissions into the atmosphere, thus reducing the carbon footprint of the container vessels, in line with the objectives of the millennium and the Green Port initiative which the Port Authority (ANP) joined in 2019.
As a consequence, the main goals to diminish the carbon footprint of our activities and associated tasks are:
- Generation of wind power by installing wind turbines in Puntas de Sayago.
- Becoming partners with the shipping lines to help them achieve their goals, by supplying connection to electric power when their ships are operating at TCP or berthed at our docks.
- When increasing our fleet or replacing our heavy machinery, increase the use of electric power while reducing the use other fossil fuels, incorporating eco-efficient machinery according to the highest technical standards.
(*) Carbon footprint is an environmental indicator which reflects all greenhouse gases directly or indirectly emitted by our operations.