The Montreal Port Authority (MPA) earned the highest average among 36 member port authorities throughout North America in Green Marine’s 2016 Performance Report.

Green Marine is the voluntary environmental certification program for the North American marine industry. The MPA is a founding member of initiative.

The self-evaluation covered the period from January 1 to December 31, 2016. The MPA achieved top marks in all but one of the performance categories in 2016, thereby continuing its tradition of staying in the top tier of port authorities contributing to sustainable development. It earned a score of 5 (excellence and leadership), the highest ranking possible, in the areas of greenhouse gases and air pollutants; spill prevention; community impacts; and environmental leadership.

“This excellent performance shows our ongoing commitment to shoulder our environmental leadership in North America’s marine industry and to reduce our ecological footprint by walking the talk,” said Sylvie Vachon, President and CEO of the MPA.

Added Claude Deschambault, the MPA’s Environment Director: “This result is due to a team effort that involved every department of the MPA.”

Each MPA department contributed in its respective field to fulfill the environmental program’s requirements comprising about 100 performance indicators.

The results were presented at GreenTech 2017, Green Marine’s annual conference, held in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, at the end of May. During the conference, at which Green Marine marked its 10th anniversary, Ms. Vachon was elected to the organization’s board of directors.

“Sylvie Vachon’s nomination shows a high-level of commitment to sustainability from the Port of Montreal,” said Green Marine Executive Director David Bolduc. “We are pleased to have an administrator with her level of expertise sitting on our Board.

“Sylvie has been a great champion of the program since she assumed leadership of the Port of Montreal in 2010 and we are confident her involvement with our organization will bring knowledge and vision as the program continues its progress across North America.”

Green Marine’s 2016 Performance Report, which includes the results from the MPA and the other participants in the environmental program, is available online at: