At a ceremony in Brussels on Wednesday evening Ports of Stockholm's Deputy Managing Director Henrik Widerståhl accepted the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) prize for the best port in the areas of social responsibility and sustainable development.
ESPO is an association that represents the ports of the European Member States and ESPO annually presents awards to ports that have been outstanding in the areas of social responsibility and sustainable development. This year the theme was “Creative Communication”.
"Ports of Stockholm is a well-run enterprise that constantly continues to develop. This recognition signifies a focus on the City of Stockholm's commitment to climate smart and long-term sustainable transport solutions and also our efforts to intensify collaborations with our international partners", says City of Stockholm City Commissioner of Finance Sten Nordin (M).
"This award means a lot to us, says Johan Castwall, Managing Director of Ports of Stockholm. We work in a goal-oriented manner to find new ways to spread information about why ports are important and we strive to promote social responsibility and sustainable development. The ESPO competition provides valuable inspiration and is a way to share tangible ideas between the ports", he explains.
This was the third year the prize was awarded, with the intention of raising awareness about the initiatives of the ports and demonstrating how important these are for people and the environment.
After 19 ports had submitted their entries, three ports were nominated for the prize. The three in the running to receive the prize were Ports of Stockholm, The Port of Thessaloniki in Greece and the Port of Koper in Slovenia.
Read more about the award (external link)