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How to Measure Environmental Performance in Ports

Public Policy Observatory, Universidad Autónoma de Chile, 7500912 Santiago, Chile
Departamento de Ingeniería Industrial—Facultad de Ingeniería, Universidad Católica de la Santísima Concepción, 4090541 Concepción, Chile
Facultad de Economía y Negocios, Universidad Andres Bello, 2531015 Viña del Mar, Chile
Logistics and Quality Management, Fuels Division—SBU Andes, AES Gener, 7500024 Santiago, Chile
Asociación Internacional de Profesionales en Puertos y Costas, 7850286 Santiago, Chile
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Academic Editor: Jelena Čulin
Sustainability 2021, 13(7), 4035;
Received: 10 March 2021 / Revised: 27 March 2021 / Accepted: 29 March 2021 / Published: 5 April 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Reducing the Environmental Impact of Maritime Transport)
Oceans, seas, and marine resources are highly relevant for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Such relevance has given rise to the blue economy approach, where scholars and policymakers see activities carried out in cargo ports from a different perspective. The blue economy approach stresses the emergence of multiple transnational networks in relation to these topics and the development of green ports plus environmental measurements at seaports in general. In this context, our study aimed to review the various scientifically documented methods for measuring environmental performance in ports, ports companies, or port authorities in the maritime transport and inland waterways framework. The study followed a scientometric meta-analytic methodology to accomplish its goals. The study strictly referred to the Environmental Performance in Ports (EPP) and extracted the corpus to analyze data held in five databases embedded in the Web of Science Core Collection. Then, the selection was processed and refined with the PRISMA guidelines to establish the eligibility criteria for articles with the PICOS (Population, Interventions, Comparators, Outcomes, and Study) tool. A limited study set was identified. This included port environmental performance indicators and studies that were strongly influenced by the European Sea Ports Organization and Green Marine networks. These were compared based on the ecological Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), scale structure, and diversity in application. Finally, we assessed two measurement forms documented in the scientific research on the subject at a global level and discussed their pros and cons. View Full-Text
Keywords: seaports; port authority; port company; environmental performance in ports; SDGs; oceans; sea; blue economy; affordable and clean energy; climate action seaports; port authority; port company; environmental performance in ports; SDGs; oceans; sea; blue economy; affordable and clean energy; climate action
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Vega-Muñoz, A.; Salazar-Sepulveda, G.; Espinosa-Cristia, J.F.; Sanhueza-Vergara, J. How to Measure Environmental Performance in Ports. Sustainability 2021, 13, 4035.

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Vega-Muñoz A, Salazar-Sepulveda G, Espinosa-Cristia JF, Sanhueza-Vergara J. How to Measure Environmental Performance in Ports. Sustainability. 2021; 13(7):4035.

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Vega-Muñoz, Alejandro, Guido Salazar-Sepulveda, Juan F. Espinosa-Cristia, and Jonathan Sanhueza-Vergara. 2021. "How to Measure Environmental Performance in Ports" Sustainability 13, no. 7: 4035.

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