South Asia Gateway Terminals (Pvt) Ltd (SAGT), Sri Lanka’s first Public Private Partnership (PPP) container terminal was recognised as the ‘Most Progressive Port/Terminal towards Sustainability 2022’at Global Ports Forum (GPF) Awards held on September 28, 2022 in Dubai, UAE. The award recognises SAGT for its commitment and proactive approach to driving a sustainable business and demonstrating corporate citizenship.
SAGT formalised its Sustainability agenda in 2018 with the development of a comprehensive Sustainability Management Framework along with a policy in Sustainability and a performance tracking mechanism. The framework and policy have allowed the company to streamline and enhance its sustainable business practices.In 2020, SAGT became the first terminal in the Port of Colombo to publish a Sustainability Report; “Going Beyond”. It’s second consecutive second report “Bringing the world closer, investing in a greener future” was launched in 2021. The reports are independently audited by DNV GL and outline SAGT’s Sustainability Performance based on UN’s Global Reporting Index Standards.
SAGT’s Sustainability initiatives are aligned to the three pillars of Sustainability: Social, Economic and Environment.
With the aim of reducing the company’s carbon footprint, SAGT trialed hybrid technology on two of its Doosan rubber tyred gantry cranes (RTGs) which yielded approximately 31% reduction in the carbon footprint of the RTGs. Consequently, SAGT converted 22 RTGs with this technology and expects to further modify eight more RTGs within its fleet at an investment of approximately $5 million.
To further offset SAGT’s carbon footprint, the company has reforested five acres of land at the Yagirala Forest Reserve since 2019 and hasentered intoan MOU with the University of Sri Jayawardenapura to maintain the 5 acres of reforested area to maturity.
Chief Operating Officer Upul Jinadasa said, “It is a privilege and honor to accept this award on behalf of my colleagues at SAGT.
It is the hard work and dedication of Team SAGT at all levels that have contributed to this success, and we are thankful to Global Ports Forum and the judges of this award for recognising SAGT for its accomplishments.