Environment and Nature

The port area employs a workforce of 150,000 people and about one million people live in or around the port. They live and work better, if they can do this in a healthy living environment. We have developed initiatives for a greener port for these stakeholders, and so we can continue to grow as an economically relevant location.

How do companies contribute?

Businesses in the port take measures to reduce pollution, of air, water, the soil... They constantly re-examine their transport options, their waste output and energy consumption and search for more sustainable solutions. They even pay attention to noise nuisance, for people and animals.  The economic activity in the port will expand, but always with attention to the preservation, enhancement and further development of the nature in and around the port.

The port as a nature area

Although many people wouldn't guess it, the port is a valuable nature area. Many plants and creatures live and thrive in the water, in “hidden corners”, on business parks and in the green areas. 

So what is the port doing to preserve and develop these precious ecosystems, to comply with Flemish and European environmental legislation? 

  • Attention to water, air and soil quality 
  • Tackling noise nuisance
  • More green energy
  • Less waste and a responsible use and processing of dredging sludge
  • Encourage and use innovative, environment-friendly techniques and installations

The nature in the port also offers plenty of opportunities for recreation. Employees of the companies on the left bank, such as MLSO and Yusen, take a walk or go for a run on their lunch break. You can visit a nature area or play a game of eco golf, while on an excursion with your colleagues. Or how about working with the Natuurpunt teams in a nearby nature area, as part of a teambuilding event?

Companies can also contribute to nature development in the port.

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Sustainable Development Goals Port of Antwerp