10 commitments to sustainability – A collaborative effort

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Port Saint John is a member of AiVP – an organization with a mission to improve relations between cities and ports by promoting dialogue and cooperation. AiVP created the 10 commitments for sustainable action in 2018 to be used as a framework for the sustainable development of port cities. Each one of the commitments is connected to multiple United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

As a member Port with AiVP, we are also working towards these 10 commitments, but we couldn’t be successful without the collaboration of our Port partners. In recognition of all the great sustainability work happening around our Port, we have highlighted one organization for each one of the 10 commitments to show how we can achieve even more when working together.

Commitment #1: Climate Change Adaptation – ACAP Saint John

As an environmental non-profit in Saint John and longtime partner of Port Saint John, ACAP is finding solutions to Saint John’s environmental challenges through outreach, restoration and research.

“The support of the Port is especially relevant to our coastal environmental monitoring program. This work is crucial to develop baseline environmental conditions of fish communities, water quality, and contaminant levels in and around the coast and watersheds surrounding the Port. ” – Roxanne MacKinnon, Executuve Director, ACAP

In collaboration with the City of Saint John they created the Saint John Climate Change Adaptation Plan which features the risks and adaptation opportunities for the city as well as the Port.

Sustainable Development Goals: 11 – Sustainable cities and communities, 13 – Climate Action

Commitment #2: Energy Transition & Circular Economy – LOGISTEC

If there is one driver of the global sustainable supply chain that unites regional suppliers with destination markets, it is our city ports. Ensuring that all the various parts of the supply chain are working in harmony with each other requires true collaboration to improve services while focusing on reducing the impact on the environment. Supporting renewable energy projects and engaging as a good community partner are the critical components to support the local and regional economy and this has become a key role for Port Saint John and LOGISTEC as a key terminal operator. 

With the growing focus on generating clean energy as we face the increased threat of climate change, this is where the decades-long partnership between Port Saint John and LOGISTEC, comes into play, gathering all stakeholders together to bring renewable wind energy project components to destinations throughout the Maritimes. 

“LOGISTEC’s expertise in wind energy cargo handling is well respected in Canada and the US,” explains Rodney Corrigan, President of LOGISTEC Stevedoring. “We annually handle hundreds of thousands of cubic meters of components headed for wind projects throughout North America.” LOGISTEC’s expertise in renewable energy cargo handling goes beyond wind and includes biofuels and other renewable resources. “Our extensive network allows us to link suppliers and consumers together. Connecting people and projects is part of what we do.” 

For LOGISTEC, protecting the environment at our terminals and ports go hand-in-hand with our drive to support sustainable clean energy projects. As a Green Marine Certified terminal operator at Port Saint John, we recognize the importance of maintaining our unwavering commitment to reducing our environmental footprint by undertaking concrete and measurable actions. The goal is to exceed regulatory requirements supporting Saint John’s drive toward a low carbon, low resources society. 

The true value of this sustainable supply chain cycle is bigger than just the operations or the project. It is about the connection LOGISTEC has with the community of Saint John. Supporting local and international clean energy projects and committing to reducing our environmental footprint are all important ways that LOGISTEC strives to provide an environmentally healthy and thriving future in Saint John and beyond, for generations to come. 

Sustainable Development Goals: 7 – Affordable and Clean Energy, 9 – Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure, 11 – Sustainable Cities and Communities, 12 – Responsible Consumption & Production, 13- Climate Action

Commitment #3: Sustainable Mobility – City of Saint John

The City of Saint John is committed to sustainable mobility under several plans and initiatives such as: 

1) Harbour Passage, an active transportation route that rings the Saint John Harbour and is used by thousands of people each year, is moving into its fourth phase of development.

“Harbour Passage has become a key active transportation link connecting neighbourhoods and users with some of the most prominent geographical and historical features in Saint John — The Saint John Harbour and The Port of Saint John. “

– John Collin, City Manager   

Funded by the City of Saint John, the Province of New Brunswick, the Government of Canada and other partners there are commitments to extend the route beyond Phase Four. 

2) Plan SJ, the City’s land use plan, encourages more sustainable modes of transportation including walking, cycling, and public transit as these options have a reduced ecological impact, promote good health, and contribute to a more interesting public realm. 

3)Implementation of the City’s Central Neighbourhood Plan provides exceptional opportunity to reimagine this area to improve mobility by all travel modes, without negatively impacting vehicle flow. By providing a road network for a multi-modal city, the people of Saint John will have more choice and safer options to move around the city. 

4) The movement of goods by truck is very important to the Saint John and area economy given its industrial base and multi-modal terminals. Through MoveSJ, the City’s updated Transportation Plan,  a Truck Route Strategy recognizes the need to balance the goods movement industry, with the needs of other road users.

Sustainable Development Goals: 9 – Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure, 11 – Sustainable Cities and Communities, 13 – Climate Action

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