GPAS (Green Port Award System) program is a green evaluation system for ports in the APEC region developed by APEC Port Services Network (APSN). It represents an integral part of APEC Transportation Working Group’s ongoing efforts to promote the green growth of the port industry.
Inspired by Ecoports in Europe and Green Marine in North America, GPAS was designed as an evaluation system at the beginning. However, it was developed differently from Ecoports and Green Marine to be suitable for all ports in APEC region. Since 2011, APSN has conducted two rounds of pilot programs to test the evaluation scheme, created an Implementation Plan and established a Pool of Expert port professional to review GPAS applications. In 2016 GPAS was officially launched.
Applicants for GPAS can be any port (port authorities or port operators) that are implementing green programs to improve the environmental sustainability of their operation in the last three or more years.