Harit Sagar: Green Port Guidelines 2023 announced

For attaining the objective of achieving the zero-carbon emission goal, the Ministry of Ports, Shipping, and Waterways has launched ‘Harit Sagar’ – the Green Port Guidelines. Harit Sagar Guidelines 2023 envisions ecosystem dynamics in port development, operation, and maintenance while adhering to the principle of ‘working with nature’ and limiting influence on biotic components of the harbour ecosystem.

The guidelines emphasise the use of clean energy in port operations, as well as the development of port capabilities for storing, processing greener fuels such as green hydrogen, green ammonia, green methanol and ethanol amongst others. These guidelines provide a framework for major ports to develop a comprehensive action plan for achieving targeted outcomes in terms of quantified carbon emission reductions over defined timeframes, through focused implementation and close monitoring of green initiatives, and to achieve Sustainable Development Goals.

The guidelines’ goal is to reduce waste through reduce, reuse, repurpose, and recycle to achieve zero waste discharge from port operations and to promote monitoring based on environmental performance indicators.