Lerwick Port Authority was one of eight organisations presented with an award today at the 2010 Shetland Environmental Awards Ceremony.

In 2008, Lerwick Port Authority was the first Scottish Port to successfully gain certification to the internationally recognised environmental standard ISO 14001:2004. Since then significant efforts have taken place to maintain and develop its Environmental Management System and to continually improve environmental efficiency and performance.

Environmental improvements and savings produced throughout the port during 2009 included an 8% increase in motor fleet fuel efficiency; a 26% decrease in electricity consumption at the Port Authority’s Operations Centre and 7% across all sites; a 30.5 tonne reduction in CO² emissions, and 31,000 sheets of paper – equivalent to 3.75 trees saved.

The Shetland Amenity Trust Judging Panel commented “Their outstanding commitment to environmental improvement has placed Lerwick Port Authority at the forefront of environmental standards in Scotland. The energy reductions made, in a relatively short time, must have taken a large behavioural change in the organisation and the panel would like to congratulate all staff on their efforts and achievements to date.”

Gary Cooper, Systems Compliance Manager of Lerwick Port Authority commented “We are very pleased to have received this award in recognition of our aim to continually improve our environmental performance in all aspects of our operations. We particularly thank our staff whose enthusiasm and commitment are key to meeting our objectives and targets.

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