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Port Environmental Review System (PERS): the only port sector specific environmental management standard

Developed by ports themselves, the Port Environmental Review System (PERS) has firmly established its reputation as the only port sector specific environmental management standard.

What is it?

The Port Environmental Review System (PERS) doesn’t only incorporate the main general requirements of recognised environmental management standards (e.g. ISO 14001), but also takes into account the specificities of ports. PERS builds upon the policy recommendations of ESPO and gives ports clear objectives to aim for. Its implementation is independently reviewed by LRQA Nederland B.V..

A PERS certification is valid for a period of 2 years.

Benefits of PERS

Reach your sustainable development targets
Certification after independent review by LRQA Nederland B.V.
Increase reputation
In line with the 2015 revision of ISO 14001 environmental management systems
In line with ESPO recommendations

How to use PERS

  1. Log in into the EcoPorts website and go to the PERS section in 'My Account'.
  2. Download the PERS documentation and guidelines from the website.
  3. Implement PERS by following the PERS guidelines.
  4. Apply for PERS by filling out the online PERS certification application form in the PERS section of 'My Account'. Please note that a senior manager’s name and contact details need to be provided.
  5. Complete the payment of €1400 (excluding VAT)
  6. Collect and assemble all the supporting documentation to your PERS application and submit it in ‘My Account’. This documentation should include the information regarding all the different sections of PERS as explained in the PERS guidelines along with the PERS declaration form signed by a senior manager of the port.
  7. Evaluation of your application by LRQA Nederland B.V.. The review process takes approximately four weeks.*
  8. Successful applicants will receive a Certificate of Verification and a feedback report with the most important findings with respect to the conformity with the PERS standard.

* Depending on holiday periods