Environmental Policy Statement

“To promote the safe and sustainable use of Poole Harbour, balance the demands on its natural resources, develop strategic infrastructure, work closely with our stakeholders, support the safe management of appropriate activites within the Harbour, and work stragetically with key agencies in order to manage the Harbour in a sustainable and responsible manner.”

The Commissioners are committed to continuous improvement of their environmental performance by fulfiling their duties relating to conservation, regulation and enhancement of the port and harbour of Poole and complying with relevant UK, European and International legislation.

In implementing this policy, Commissioners shall ensure that they:

1. Environmental Management
Endorse the principles contained in the European Sea Ports Organisation’s Environmental Code of Practice;
Assess and mitigate environmental risks for all aspects of the Commissioners’ operations;
Include measurable environmental objectives and targets in business plans.
Conduct regular management reviews and audits to identify areas for improvement;
Adhere to the PHC Procurement Policy;
Record all significant environmental occurrences;
Publish environmental performance in an annual environmental review;

2. Resource Management
Continue to monitor, and where possible reduce resource consumption;
Seek opportunities to apply innovative technology to reduce emissions and energy consumption;

3. Waste Management
Continually assess recycling, re-use and waste minimisation opportunities;

4. Communication & Training
Communicate with employees, contractors, regulators and the general public to ensure people are aware of their roles and responsibilities, and are competent in performing them.

5. Pollution Prevention & Control
Ensure that contingency plans and controls are in place and regularly reviewed and tested and to endeavour to prevent spills of oil, chemicals or potentially contaminating materials;
Apply best available technology, without involving disproportionate costs, to plant acquisitions, facilities and activities to advance pollution control and emissions reduction;
Pursue good house-keeping policies to ensure tidiness on the Port Estate.

It is the Commissioners’ policy for the ‘polluter’ to pay for the cost of clean-up and disposal following land and marine based incidents.

This policy will be reviewed from time to time to embrace changes in the Commissioners’ activities.

Jim Stewart
Chief Executive
Date Reviewed – 26.05.15

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