Côte d’Ivoire Terminal receives 3-star Green Terminal label

Image caption: CIT Management Team with Mrs Mireille Ouattara – CIT’s Head of Environment and Social Affairs, proudly receiving the company’s certificate

Côte d’Ivoire Terminal (CIT), a joint venture between Africa Global Logistics and APM Terminals, has been awarded the Green Terminal 3-star label, following an audit conducted on 25 and 26 May 2023 by Bureau Veritas.

The audit covers eight pillars, including work processes, construction of infrastructures that comply with international standards, acquisition of more environmentally-friendly handling equipment, waste management and employee training in good practices related to environmental issues.

“Obtaining the Green Terminal 3-Star label highlights the efforts made by our teams and reflects our level of commitment to an environmentally-responsible approach to running terminal operations,” shares Koen De Backker, Managing Director of CIT. “We are proud to reduce the impact of our activities on the environment, while also contributing to the ambitions of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, which aims for sustainable and eco-responsible growth. Our challenge for 2023 will be to further reduce our environmental footprint based on our current scoring and achieve an even higher level of performance.”

The continuation of the terminal’s energy transition approach with new clean energy equipment and the monitoring of environmental indicators aimed at optimising and controlling the carbon impact of its activities remains the priority at CIT and the terminal remains open to seeking partnerships for the supply of energy from renewable sources.

The completion of current labelling was achieved in several stages and with the mobilisation of several teams.

These included construction teams, with an objective of EDGE certification of port buildings and infrastructures; technical teams, with the deployment of electrical equipment and in particular the implementation of 36 electric tractors; and finally, management and Operations for the implementation of digitalised solutions to optimise activities after the go-live of the terminal. The level of investment deployed to achieve this objective, excluding equipment, represents 10% of the overall cost of the project.

The new Côte d’Ivoire Terminal in Abidjan officially marked its operational and commercial go-live on 2 November 2022, following two years of construction works.