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SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

One of our strategic priorities is to ensure the sustainability of our four ports by securing their long-term strategic role in the commercial and economic development of the Lower St. Lawrence and Gaspésie regions (economic sphere), by interacting with their communities in an engaged and active manner (social sphere), and by maintaining their environmental integrity to ensure a clean and safe environment (environmental sphere).

As part of our future sustainable development action plan, we intend to implement actions that promote these pillars of sustainable development.

ECONOMIC SPHERE

Our vision is backed by the Gouvernement du Québec’s maritime strategy (Advantage St. Lawrence) and strives to promote the economic development of the ports of Gros-Cacouna, Rimouski, Matane and Gaspé by tapping into their ability to work together and for each other.

Developing to open up a world of opportunities is at the forefront of our mission.

During spring 2021, we held a strategic planning exercise.

This exercise helped identify the pillars of development for each port:

 

  • Mandate
  • Development strategy
  • Infrastructure
  • Environment
  • Social acceptance
  • Investment
  • Specificity, synergy and complementarity

ENVIRONMENTAL SPHERE

We care about protecting the environment, and take all necessary measures to do so at the ports of Gros-Cacouna, Rimouski, Matane and Gaspé.

We strive to continuously improve our facilities and have implemented environmental management practices at each of our ports. In addition, all of our ports are registered with Green Marine.

Founded in 2007, Green Marine is a North American environmental certification program that is part of the maritime industry’s voluntary efforts to improve its participants’ environmental performance beyond regulations. Rigorous, transparent and inclusive, Green Marine targets key environmental issues through its nine distinct performance indicators for ports and seaways.

To obtain Green Marine certification, each of our ports must assess its environmental performance based on the following performance indicators:

Aquatic invasive
species

Reduction of greenhouse gas and air pollutant emissions

Spill prevention and stormwater management

Dry bulk handling
and storage

Community impacts

Environmental leadership

Waste management

Underwater noise

Community relations

SPBSG has been proudly Green Marine certified in 2022

Results 2022

The certification process is rigorous and transparent. The results are independently verified every two years, and each participant’s results are made available to the public annually. Our first performance results have been published in 2023 for the year 2022.

Environmental Guidelines

 

We would also like to improve our environmental performance in our port areas by collaborating with clients and users. 

Which is why we have created these environmental guidelines for you to follow and apply to minimize the effect of operations on the environment.

SOCIAL SPHERE

We strive to be a good neighbour and a good corporate citizen, and ensure that any abnormal situation pertaining to our operations is handled with the utmost care.

Do you have any suggestions or complaints?

Contact us at 418-562-7094 or info@spbsg.com. We take your concerns very seriously and will do everything we can to address them as soon as possible.

We strive to maintain quality relationships with stakeholders, Indigenous communities and the public by fostering open and transparent communication.

We must prioritize citizen participation and the community’s sense of belonging to their respective port. To do this, we use social media, websites and press releases to keep the public informed. We have also set up a consultation platform to encourage citizen participation in certain major development projects, which you can access here: www.spbsg-consultation.ca

Lastly, we are working to develop and implement a communications policy that focuses on efficiency, transparency, and commitment to community outreach and feedback.

Partnerships

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Do you want to learn more about our services and facilities? Contact our team today!