26 ports receive national environmental award
Environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful has accredited 26 ports and harbours owned by Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited (CMAL) and operated by CalMac Ferries with an environmental award, acknowledging both companies’ commitment to improving environmental quality and management at the sites.
The Ports and Harbours Environmental Award accolade, adapted from the criteria for National Award for Environmental Excellence®, recognises the achievements of both organisations across a variety of areas, including building maintenance, cleanliness, waste management and engagement with the local community. Good practices included a clear overarching environmental strategy and local support.
Auditors visited and assessed the sites across Scotland in September 2022 and completed a desktop assessment of their documentation. Overall, CMAL and CalMac received a silver level award across 26 sites – and each port and harbour achieved individual awards, seven sites scooping gold, 18 silver and one bronze. The ports and harbours are located across the five following Local Authority area; Argyll and Bute, Highlands, Inverclyde, North Ayrshire and the Western Isles.
Scott Goodwill, Regional Harbour Manager at CalMac, said: “The hard work and commitment from our port staff and local communities across the network is evidenced by continuous improvement from these audits. Working in collaboration with CMAL, both organisations are extremely proud of this achievement and are already looking ahead to achieving Gold accreditation.”
Richie Morgan, Health, Safety and Environmental Manager at CMAL, said: “Both CMAL and CalMac Ferries Ltd, remain committed to the KSB standard and it is refreshing to know that every 2 years we continue to improve. Obviously the ultimate aim going forward is to reach the Gold standard, which I’m sure that with the continued hard work of the staff at the various port locations, this is not in the too distant future.”
Katie Murray, Environment and Place Services Manager at Keep Scotland Beautiful, said: “We are delighted to recognise CMAL and CalMac’s environmental commitment as part of our ongoing partnership with them. We are particularly pleased that there is further emphasis on the climate crisis in CalMac’s environmental strategy for 2021-23 compared to the previous strategy and some sites scored extremely well achieving gold awards.
“We work closely with businesses and organisations across Scotland to help and support and inspire environmental improvement. Our environmental awards provide an exciting opportunity to assess and reward the efforts that are being made to help keep Scotland beautiful.”
The environmental services offered by Keep Scotland Beautiful support organisations to improve the environmental quality of local places and raise understanding on sustainability issues to achieve positive change. The charity work with organisations to deliver long term sustainable benefits, helping them to meet their environmental commitments and responsibilities.
News release by keepscotlandbeautiful.org
Photographs by CMAL