Port management is one of the most important economic pillars in maritime countries, where business players – such as port authorities, shippers, carriers, terminals, etc. – are called to undertake a virtuous process of economic development, respectful of the environment. This means achieving a sustainable growth, supported by green actions for environmental protection to improve corporate social responsibility.
PortEconomics member Francesco Parola – along with Marcello Risitano, Alessandra Turi and Marco Ferretti (University of Naples “Parthenope”) – analyse the role of Port Authorities (PAs) in adopting a socially responsible behavior, taking into consideration economic, environmental and societal expectations of all stakeholders in port logistics and management.
The researchers adopt a multiple case study analysis to evaluate the green practices of PA enabling a sustainable growth. This analysis explores the presence of a single or multiple stakeholders involvement in PA’s green strategies; what are the key green practices in port management; the presence of proactive or reactive approaches to define green practices.
The empirical research includes four representative PAs with a strong attitude towards green practices, namely Hong Kong (Asia), Antwerp (Northern Europe), Barcelona (Southern Europe) and Los Angeles (USA) – four ports located in different geographical areas.
The authors version of the paper Green practices in port authority management: a multiple case study published in Mercati e Competitività (Issue 3, pp.131-149) can be downloaded freely here.