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‘Harit Sagar’ Green Port Guidelines

Facts for Prelims (FFP)

Source: PIB

Context: The Ministry of Ports, Shipping & Waterways has launched the ‘Harit Sagar’ Green Port Guidelines to achieve the larger vision of achieving the Zero Carbon Emission Goal.


Key points of the ‘Harit Sagar Guidelines 2023’:

ObjectiveTo achieve Zero Carbon Emission Goal and promote environmental-friendly practices across all ports
EnvisagesEcosystem dynamics in port development, operation, and maintenance
EmphasizesUse of Clean/Green energy in port operation, development of port capabilities for storage, handling and bunkering of greener fuels
Provides a framework forMajor ports to draw a comprehensive action plan for achieving a quantified reduction in carbon emission over defined timelines
Aims to achieveSustainable Developmental Goals (SDG) and minimising waste through reducing, reusing, repurposing, and Recycling to attain zero waste discharge from port operations
PromotesMonitoring based on Environmental Performance Indicators
Covers aspects ofNational Green Hydrogen Mission pertaining to ports, development of green hydrogen facility, LNG bunkering, Offshore Wind Energy
Provides provision forAdopting the global Green Reporting Initiative (GRI) standard


The ‘Sagar Shreshtha Samman’ awards were also conferred to major ports for their exceptional achievements in various operational parameters during the event.


Awards conferred to major ports during FY-2022-23:

Award CategoryPortAchievement
Best Absolute PerformanceDeendayal Port, KandlaHandling the highest cargo of 137 MMT
Overall Annual PerformanceParadip PortBased on cargo handling, average turnaround time, ship birthday output, idle time at berth, operating ratio
A major milestone in Turn Around TimeJawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT)Achieving a major milestone in Turn Around Time