LOOP-Ports project nominated to win IAPH 2020 World Ports Sustainability Awards

LOOP-POrts, a project partnered by 2EI Veolia,  has been shortlisted and selected by the IAPH* 2020 (International Association of Ports & Harbors) World Ports Sustainability Awards to compete for the distinction to be the best project in “Climate and Energy” category.


Ports are currently developing different Circular Economy (CE) activities, but in isolation. To achieve a real switch to a Circular Economy there is a need to actively involve the entire port sector in this new model of production and consumption.

2EI Veolia, part of the LOOP-Ports project coordinated by the Valenciaport Foundation and funded by EIT Climate-KIC, is participating in the Circular Economy Network of Ports. It is the first project analysing the CE approach for ports from the European Union. The aim is to facilitate the transition to CE in the sector, where products, materials and resources are maintained in the economy for as long as possible, and waste is minimised.

Forty-four stakeholders from fourteen EU countries are already engaged in the project: thirty two Port Authorities, four Public Authorities, three Industry associations, four Port Associations (ESPO, BPO, Medports and Danske Havn) and one Environmental Organisation.

The main expected results from the project will be a complete mapping of EU ports characterisation on CE activities (more than 450 ports analysed and 200 CE activities identified), a report on key success stories, an in-depth analysis of the main barriers and enablers, ad-hoc training materials for the port sector, about 20 workshops on CE with key stakeholders, and finally 7 business models to be replicated and a tailored web tool showing the project results which is already live and listing concrete initiatives.

If you are a port stakeholder and wish to highlight your circular actions and projects, do not hesitate to contact us. 


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*The International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) is a non-profit-making and non-governmental organization (NGO) headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. It marked its 50th Anniversary in 2005. Over the past six decades, IAPH has steadily developed into a global alliance of ports, representing today some 180 ports and some 140 port-related businesses in 90 countries. The member ports together handle over 60% of the world’s sea-borne trade and nearly 80% of the world container traffic. Recognized as the only international organization representing the voice of the world port industry, IAPH is granted Consultative Status as Non-governmental Organization (NGO) from five United Nations (UN) specialized agencies.