Sustainability Award

The Sustainability Award is presented by Antwerp Port Authority, the Left Bank Development Corporation and Alfaport Voka to a company operating in the port of Antwerp. The award seeks to recognise a project that helps the transition to a more sustainable port and to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals at a local level.

The jury and the public vote

A shortlist of three entrants will be selected by an external jury in the month of September. Along with the jury, members of the public are able to vote online for which of these three should receive the Sustainability Award 2018.

The Award will be officially presented in Antwerp Port House on 29 November 2018. The final winner will be commemorated on a specially designed stone in the promenade around Port House, thus eventually creating a "Walk of Sustainability" along with other winners in future.

External jury

  • Marc Van Peel (jury chairman) – Port alderman
  • Linne Van den Brande – Cifal Flanders
  • Eva Geluk – Antwerp Management School
  • Gert Van Eeckhout – MVO Vlaanderen
  • David Leyssens – "The Shift" sustainability network
  • Silvia Colazzo of the Ecluse company – Winner of the Sustainability Award 2016
  • Cathy Berckx and Jan Briers – Governors of the provinces of Antwerp and East Flanders respectively

The jury nominated three finalists: Ashland Specialities BelgiumBASF and CMB.

Watch the videos and cast your vote!

The online voting runs until 19 November 2018.

17 candidates

No fewer than 17 companies from the port of Antwerp submitted an application for the Sustainability Award 2018.

Want to find out more about the other projects? We present them briefly here:



APB Port Centre – "Portland" classes for highschool pupils

The "Portland" classes enable junior highschool pupils to become acquainted with the fascinating world of the port. The young people experience the port in all its aspects during a stay of several days. Apart from direct learning, this course steers more youngsters towards a career in the port, and in general serves to create a wider basis of support for it among society.

BASF Antwerp – Integral mobility plan 2017

This plan offers safe, sustainable alternatives to individual car travel for 3,100 employees. With a combination of busses, cycle leasing and carpooling BASF seeks to benefit the health of personnel and of the environment, while also helping to reduce road congestion in the surrounding area.

Belgian Scrap Terminal – The art of recycling.

Belgian Scrap Terminal has invested in an innovative shredder plant for end-to-end processing of used materials to provide new inputs. For example, a scrap car can be more than 97% recycled, a unique achievement on the European market.

B2Bike BVBA – Bikeplan for employers: getting more employees cycling

B2Bike helps other companies to set up the ideal cycling scheme that encourages employees to cycle to and from work. Their target for 2019 is to have more than 2,000 employees commuting by bike in the port.

DP World Antwerp Holding – “Our world, our future”: first sustainability report.

DP World is the first company in the port of Antwerp to publish its own Sustainability Report, under the title of "Our World, Our Future." The report focuses on the environment, safety, training and sustainable mobility, thus contributing towards a corporate culture of sustainability.

Gebr. De Rycke NV – The Bonton solution: concrete plant on a floating pontoon

Gebr. De Rycke has developed a floating, mobile production unit for ready-to-pour concrete. This enables the concrete to be made close to the construction site or even offshore, thus cutting down on road transport.

Katoen Natie Bulk Terminals NV – Zero Pellet Loss Program.

This action plan is aimed at completely eliminating the loss of plastic pellets into the environment. This is done by preventing losses in the first place, filtering out pellets and cleaning up any granulates that do escape. In parallel Katoen Natie carries out an internal awareness-raising campaign about the risks of plastic pollution.

Kebony – Kebony Wood Factory: sustainable wood production.

Kebony offers a sustainable response to the increasing demand for tropical hardwood. This process treats conventional softwood in a special way to give it the properties of tropical hardwood. Moreover the process is cost-effective and environment-friendly.

Lean Green Expediteurs – Lean & Green logistics for forwarders and logistics service providers

This community project focuses on sustainable logistics solutions. Participants in this project must be able to demonstrate that their supply chain produces 20% less CO2 over a period of five years.

Lineas Group Belgium – Sustainable shuttle service between Left and Right banks.

This rail shuttle service consolidates freight volumes travelling to and from the main hub. The transport solution on average takes 200 trucks per day off the road and helps to improve the modal split in the port.

Mediterranean Shipping Company SA – Expanding the fleet with onshore power connections

MSC aims to be a leader in this sector, investing an additional 100 million euros in expanding the number of its ships with connections for onshore power supplies. Using onshore power (as opposed to running the ship's own engines) helps to reduce air pollution and cut down on noise.

PSA Antwerp, MPET, ATS – Expo container: Sustainability information on the workfloor

A shipping container has been set up as a mobile exhibition to actively inform employees about environmental policy. The exhibition has been displayed to employees at all sites, in order to make them aware and inform them about responsible consumption behaviour.

Subseas Industries NV – Ecospeed: the washable coating.

Subsea Industries is an innovator in the field of ship painting. It has developed Ecospeed, a glass-hard, anti-fouling coating that does not contain heavy metals or toxic substances and moreover is cost-effective and fuel-efficient.

Sustainable Tank Degassing – Mobile degassing unit for barges and seagoing ships

This mobile unit removes toxic fumes from barges, seagoing ships and onshore tanks using a combination of cryo-condensation and activated charcoal, so that the fumes no longer escape into the atmosphere.

Sustainable Development Goals Port of Antwerp