• The Ministry of Ports, Shipping & Waterways recently launched ‘Harit Sagar’, the Green Port Guidelines.

About Harit Sagar Guidelines

  • Aim: To minimize waste through Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose and Recycle to attain zero waste discharge from port operations and promote monitoring based on Environmental Performance Indicators.
  • It envisages ecosystem dynamics in port development, operation and maintenance
  • It aims at minimizing the impact on biotic components of the harbour ecosystem.
  • Some benchmarks
    • Ports must meet at least 60% of electricity needs via renewables by 2030 and 90% by 2047.
    • Ports Must have at least one LNG bunkering station by 2030.
    • Setting up electric vehicle charging stations in and around port areas by 2025.
    • Provisions for adopting global Green Reporting Initiative (GRI) standard.
    • It also covers aspects of the National Green Hydrogen Mission pertaining to ports.

About Global Reporting Initiative

  • The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) is an international not-for-profit organisation, with a network-based structure.
    • To enable all companies and organisations to report their economic, environmental, social and governance performance, GRI produces free Sustainability Reporting Guidelines.
  • The guidelines are currently in their fourth generation (“G4”).
  • GRI was founded in the US in 1997 by CERES (a United States non-profit organisation) and the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and was originally based in Boston, Massachusetts. I
  • In 2002, GRI moved its secretariat to Amsterdam.
    • GRI also has regional ‘Focal Points’ in Australia, Brazil, China, India and the USA.
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