The Port of Hirtshals and UN's Sustainable Development Goals


The social obligation towards the surrounding community has always been of great importance to the Port of Hirtshals, and a key point of the port's mission. The UN's 17 Sustainable Development Goals provide the port with a unique opportunity to relate and contribute positively to an economic, environmental and social development.

The Port of Hirtshals actively supports and addresses the implementation of several of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, and the port continuously evaluates its operations and initiatives to identify new focus areas in proportion to the 17 goals.
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5. Gender equality
The Port of Hirtshals has a great focus on gender equality. All people should have the same opportunities to be part of management and the decision-making processes. The port's management and board consist of both women and men, and women are also part of the decision-making process at the Port of Hirtshals. Women furthermore represent the port on extern seats on board of directors, which are based on the port's activities with a range of business partners.
6. Clean water and sanitation
The Port of Hirtshals works actively on minimizing its use of water resources. Since 2017, the Port of Hirtshals has monitored the general water consumption at the port. In the time to come, the port will implement an electronic surveillance of water consumption, and simultaneously create a map of the supply network and areas of consumption. These initiatives will make it easier to detect unintended water consumption and other forms of water waste.

The increased focus on water consumption has also made the companies at the port more aware of their own consumption and possible ways of saving water.
7. Affordable and clean energy
For several years, the Port of Hirtshals has worked actively on converting its energy use to sustainable energy sources in order to increase the use of sustainable energy.

The Port of Hirtshals has solar cells installed on several of its buildings. The solar cells produce power for e.g. heating and lighting of warehouses and welfare facilities.

The Port of Hirtshals has also changed ordinary light sources to LED light sources on several outdoor areas and in many of the port's buildings. This has created a significant saving of energy.

At the beginning of 2020, four wind turbines of 4 MW each will be erected at the Port of Hirtshals. Power from the four wind turbines will cover the electricity use for 12,000-16,000 households. The use of the Port of Hirtshals' geographical location and the industrial area will thereby contribute to a substantial transfer of the current electricity use to sustainable energy sources in Norther Jutland.
8. Decent work and economic growth
The Port of Hirtshals is continuously working on making work procedures more efficient in all operations. This is done through e.g. technological upgrades and innovation. The latest initiative is a new financial and accounting system that should lighten the work procedures for both the port's employees and the port's users, for example by means of an electronic reporting system.

Likewise, the Port of Hirtshals continuously upgrades the equipment used for maintenance of the port areas. This means a higher financial productivity, a reduction of work hours and more value for the employees.

The Port of Hirtshals prioritizes the development of new cargo transport solutions in Scandinavia and Northern Europe, and the development of transport solutions, which reduce time consumption, costs and climate strain. This includes identification of future-oriented multimodal transport solutions that combines road, sea and railroad.
The Port of Hirtshals works actively on securing a safe and stabile working environment for all employees. The Port of Hirtshals' working environment organisation works on workplace evaluation, general safety, sickness absence, and the handling of psychical and physical working environment. Furthermore, the Port of Hirtshals has a company healthcare scheme, which provides the employees with the opportunity to get treated by a massage therapist, chiropractor, physiotherapist, psychologist. The employees can also get a subsidy for general exercise and sports activities.
9. Industry, innovation and infrastructure
In cooperation with business partners, the Port of Hirtshals takes part in developing both the national and the international infrastructure within ship traffic and road and rail traffic. To support the economic development and growth, the Port of Hirtshals continuously adjusts the infrastructure on the port area and the accessibility to the port. Additionally, the port is always working on expanding the current activities with more services and thereby expanding the infrastructure and supporting the development potential further.

The establishment of more environmentally friendly multimodal transport solutions is one of the goals that the Port of Hirtshals is working on to contribute to an upgrade of the transport industry and to make cargo transport more sustainable. The port has a great focus on better utilization of existing transport forms and transport opportunities - this goes for both the way cargo is transported and the transport services themselves.

For several years, the Port of Hirtshals has worked actively on converting its energy use to sustainable energy sources in order to increase the use of sustainable energy.
The Port of Hirtshals has solar cells installed on several of its buildings. The solar cells produce power for e.g. heating and lighting of warehouse and welfare facilities.

At the beginning of 2020, four wind turbines of 4 MW each will be erected at the Port of Hirtshals. Power from the four wind turbines will cover the electricity use for 12,000-16,000 households. The use of the Port of Hirtshals' geographical location and the industrial area will thereby contribute to a substantial transfer of the current electricity use to sustainable energy sources in Norther Jutland.
The Port of Hirtshals has a future goal to replace all the port's current machinery with new machinery that runs on climate friendly fuels.

The Port of Hirtshals is involved in several co-operations, which are to develop and identify technologies and solutions that focus on limited resource consumption, reduced climate impact and optimisation within transport and logistics. The Port of Hirtshals is e.g. involved in co-operations with Norwegian and Danish universities concerning development of future transport solutions, which may contribute to an optimisation of transport solutions in Scandinavia.

The Port of Hirtshals' technical department is also affiliated to a focus group at Hjoerring Municipality concerning the municipality's future energy plan.
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11. Sustainable cities and communities
The Port of Hirtshals is part of a group concerning area renewal for Hirtshals city, and simultaneously the port has taken the initiative to start a renovation and modernization of the port area close to the city - called Vesthavnen. Over the years, the Port of Hirtshals has made several innovative activities such as vantage points for the beach and sea, recreational area between the port and the beach, and the construction of new facilities for the port's users etc. The Port of Hirtshals wants to create public places with focus on experiences and a great city/port environment, and as a side benefit this might also help attract new resources and new knowledge to the area.
12. Responsible consumption and production
The Port of Hirtshals works actively on minimizing its use of water resources. Since 2017, the Port of Hirtshals has monitored the general water consumption at the port. In the time to come, the port will implement an electronic surveillance of water consumption, and simultaneously create a map of the supply network and areas of consumption. These initiatives will make it easier to detect unintended water consumption and other forms of water waste.

The increased focus on water consumption has also made the companies at the port more aware of their own consumption and possible ways of saving water.

The Port of Hirtshals separates waste to make it as reusable as possible. Combustible, oil, contaminated wood and scrap are sorted in their respective categories, and the same applies to chemicals, paint residues, neon tubes, compressed air containers/gas cylinders and hydraulic tubes. All these elements are delivered to AVV (the local waste company), where the waste is handled according to Danish legislation.

The Port of Hirtshals wants to support a sustainable way of thinking by making prioritisations in its own activities and purchases. The actual implementation will be done in the years to come concurrently with the opportunities that might be presented for changing culture and way of thinking.

Similarly, the port wants to open the perspectives for implementing sustainability among the companies - this will be done through co-operations and contacts to customers and business partners.
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14. Life below water
Together with other Danish ports, the Port of Hirtshals is part of a project, which aims to reduce plastic waste in the sea through a recipient agreement in the ports. The port's technical service team manages cleaning of the port areas to prevent plastic on the quay from flying into the port basin. Should this still happen, the technical service team will remove the plastic and disposed of.

The Port of Hirtshals focuses on the possibilities for limiting acidification of the marine environment. This is done by prioritising a reduced climate impact through investments in climate friendly machinery, installations and buildings, and by being open to the perspectives of implementing climate friendly energy sources.

As part of the work on identifying optimum multimodal transport solutions in Scandinavia, the Port of Hirtshals is indirectly working on reducing acidification of the waters in Scandinavia. This is done by focusing on transport solutions that limit road transport and give greater priority to sea transport.
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17. Partnerships for the goals
In partnership with both public and private partners, the Port of Hirtshals takes part in the work of developing and sharing experiences and resources. The Port of Hirtshals has close connections to Hjørring Municipality, the shipping companies that call at the port, other Scandinavian ports, and hauliers. Furthermore, the port is also cooperating with universities in Scandinavia.