Our path to sustainability
TiL is committed to systematically embedding sustainability principles in its vision, operations planning, and execution.
TiL articulates its sustainability strategy around 3 pillars: Environment, People and Business Integrity. Within each of these pillars, TiL’s strategy focuses on key workstreams and initiatives that connect to the core of TiL’s business.
By synching sustainability principles and workstreams with our other business objectives, our program is one that is ambitious, implementable and aligns with the interests of our shareholders.
Read more about our pillars and key workstreams below.
Our mission statement
EnvironmentAdopting innovative and proven technologies to improve efficiency and productivity, reducing our operating costs and minimizing our environmental and carbon footprint. Preserving our coastal environment through a smart use of resources and waste management.
PeoplePlacing people at the core of everything we do and caring about them across our entire value chain. Prioritizing health and safety for everyone inside our terminals. Generating a positive and durable impact on local communities.
IntegrityConducting our business with all our stakeholders with unassailable integrity and in accordance with the highest ethical standards.
Pioneering the sustainable terminals of tomorrow
We strive to minimize our environmental and carbon footprint. This means adopting an innovative and far-sighted mindset to solving complex and pressing challenges.
Reaching zero direct emissions on our terminals and sourcing clean electricity
We are keenly aware of our terminals’ role in decarbonization and are continually reviewing our investment plans to ensure they consider our emissions reduction ambitions and operational efficiency improvement objectives. A number of our terminals have already transitioned to electrified and hybrid-diesel electric equipment, resulting in decreased direct emissions and a reduction in energy use and cost. To reduce indirect emissions, we also aim to have as many of our terminals as possible switch to low carbon electricity. Where possible, we intend to partner with renewable energy producers to provide onsite or site-adjacent electricity production, and have already done so in some locations. Our terminal network in strategic locations combined with our expertise means we are well-placed to act as an innovation hub for low- and zero-carbon solutions. This means trialing alternative low carbon fuels on our yards and providing on shore power supply to reduce vessels’ emissions at berth.
Building the terminals of tomorrow and preparing our terminals for the impacts of climate change
We are working to incorporate principles of sustainable design and construction into our greenfield developments. We also know that the worst effects of climate change will also impact our terminals and we are working to design, build and operate infrastructure in a way that anticipates, prepares for and adapts to changing climate conditions.
Preserving natural resources on and around our terminals
Beyond emissions reduction, our environmental strategy also focuses on minimizing our impact on natural resources and preserving the coastal environments where we operate. Building on our terminals’ many existing initiatives in Water, Waste and Wastewater, and Biodiversity management, our aim is to develop targets in each of these areas and work with our terminals to ensure continuous improvement.
People are the core of everything we do
We place people at the core of everything we do. This means ensuring the safety and well-being of our people, business partners, customers and communities on our terminals and beyond.
Strengthening our health & safety culture
TiL is committed to prioritizing health and safety for all terminal users and to developing a culture of safety. This means striving towards zero harm by providing a healthy and safe workplace for all employees, contractors and visitors to our terminals, engaging with our staff frequently to ensure that health and safety always remains top of mind.
Becoming an employer of choice
TiL strives to be an employer of choice at its headquarters and on its terminals. TiL recognizes the importance of creating high quality employment and of providing employees, regardless of their background, with fair compensation and opportunities to develop their skillset and advance their career. TiL values diversity in the workplace and aims to nurture an open-minded and culturally diverse environment fueling creativity, innovation and new perspectives.
Engaging with local communities
TiL aims to be a positive actor beyond its terminals by engaging with local communities and being a responsible corporate citizen. TiL recognizes that each of the locations where we have a terminal has a diverse socio-economic context, and our activities aim at addressing issues particular to the countries and regions where we operate.
Operating responsibly in all aspects of our business
We aim to conduct our business with all our stakeholders with unassailable integrity and in accordance with the highest ethical standards.
Operating responsibly throughout all aspects of our business
TiL complies with all applicable laws and mandatory regulations, as well as also adhering to the highest ethical standards throughout our worldwide business. In line with this, we are working to better understand our supply chains, identify where our risks lie and create opportunities to integrate sustainable choices into our supply chain management.
Communicating transparently on our sustainability practices
At TiL we want to communicate transparently on our existing sustainability practices and future plans. To do this, we have developed our own data collection process, aligned it with recognized standards and tailored it specifically to the business of container terminals. We believe that better data can lead to better insights so that our terminals can gauge where they are on their sustainability paths. We already use these insights to communicate with our shareholders and are aiming to continuously improve how we share our progress with our stakeholders.
Building a robust code of conduct program
TiL has established principles for its employees and contractors to always conduct TiL’s business in a legal and ethical manner including in their dealings with business partners, including suppliers, customers, shareholders and regulators. Through our Code of Conduct Program, TiL’s Compliance function is also continuously engaged in reviewing practices and policies across our diverse portfolio of terminals.
Read our Code of Conduct
Check some of our initiatives applied to our terminals.
Trialing zero-carbon equipment
MSC Terminal Valencia (MSCTV) is welcoming two initiatives to trial zero-carbon container handling equipment. This year MSCTV will begin testing a hydrogen fuel-cell reach stacker produced by Hyster as part of an initiative funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 innovation program and Hydrogen Europe to apply hydrogen technologies in the port environment. From 2023, MSCTV will also be testing a new Kalmar electric reach stacker for a period of eight months.
Electrification and use of solar energy
Asyaport is Turkey’s largest container terminal, located in Tekirdağ, 150 km west of Istanbul on the Sea of Marmara, with a handling capacity of 2.5 million TEUs per year and employing 1,200 people. In order to reduce its carbon footprint, so far Asyaport has electrified its vertical container handling equipment (ship-to-shore cranes and rubber tyred gantry cranes) and installed photovoltaic panels onsite to produce electricity from renewable sources. Since 2014, Asyaport has installed 2’178 panels reaching 733 kW peak power. By producing its own electricity onsite from solar energy, Asyaport is able to cover 4 % of its electricity consumption from renewable sources and plans to increase this share through future projects.
Our Lomé Container Terminal, Togo, has been engaged in protecting endangered marine turtles since 2012. The terminal has convened a team including a scientific coordinator, a technical supervisor, twelve eco-guards and six beach leaders to facilitate the program. Activities of the program include the monitoring and data collection of marine turtles frequenting, the recovery and release of captured individuals, the transplantation of nests into incubation enclosures, and the protection and release of newborns into the sea. The program has also resulted in recording a fifth species of local marine turtle (Caretta caretta), in addition to the four species already frequenting the Togolese coasts.
Promoting gender equality
Many of our terminals have developed and implemented policies and measures to help ensure that all employees have equal conditions for work, equal pay and the same career opportunities. In our terminal at Klaipeda in Lithuania, our terminal gives employees equal possibilities to apply for childcare leave, regardless of gender or age. There are also procedures in place to protect women who have recently given birth and are breastfeeding, and any employee raising two or more children under the age of 12, or a disabled child under the age of 14, is given one extra rest day per month.
Our terminals have employee engagement initiatives and engage with communities beyond the terminals’gates. Our Buenos Aires terminal, for example, has an extensive social responsibility program which has so far benefitted over 20 local institutions and over 5,000 individuals in the community. Specifically, 180 houses and community infrastructure were built as part of the terminal’s start-up phase, and in 2007, the terminal established a neighborhood cooperative to train local residents and supply manpower to the terminal thereby creating nearly a hundred jobs so far. Like many of TiL’s terminals, the Buenos Aires terminal was also a key local actor during the Covid-19 pandemic by providing protection kits to the community.