Contecon Guayaquil S.A. (CGSA), the Ecuadorian subsidiary of International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI), recently obtained the ISO 14064-3:2006 international certification for carbon neutrality, after a rigorous verification and audit process carried out by TÜV Rheinland.
The certification, which marks CGSA’s compliance to ISO 14064 standards, lauds the company’s policies that are directed and translated towards greater sustainability initiatives, as well as the incorporation of technologies that reduce the operation’s impact on Ecuador’s largest and premier maritime gateway.
TÜV Rheinland certified that CGSA compensated for 32,762 tons of carbon dioxide from 1 January to 31 December 2017, based on the 2016 Emissions Inventory corresponding to the Annual Carbon Capture Report of the “Bosques del Área Ecológica de Conservación Municipal Tinajillas – Río Gualaceño y áreas de manglar de Cerrito de los Morreños,” thus demonstrating the company’s faithful commitment to the environment.
“This international certification reflects our effort to establish policies that guarantee sustainable action in favor of the environment through sustainable practices that counteract any polluting emission from the port terminal,” said Jose Antonio Contreras, CGSA Chief Executive Officer.
As part of the audit, an analysis was conducted to check the terminal’s carbon data and emissions. Finally, it was verified that CGSA has and continues to sponsor the protection and conservation of the country’s large tracts of intact natural forests.
This is the second time that Contecon obtained a certification for its compliance to ISO standards on greenhouse gases. In 2018, ratings agency Sambito and the Ecuadorian Ministry of the Environment presented the “Carbon Neutral” certification to the company, in recognition of its strong and priority work with the environment.