During the 2008 Summer Internship Programme at YICT, five interns― Cui Yan, He Qinming, Liang Bo, Liu Guanlin and Liu Yan― were members of a team whose topic of study was Environmental Awareness. Towards the end of their internship, they wrote about their experience at YICT so that all those interested would come to know about the port’s “green” initiatives.
The 21st of July 2008 was the first day of our three-week internship at YICT. Led by the company’s Environmental Awareness Team, we were able to get our first glimpse of the port’s environmental protection initiatives.
Rubber-tyred gantry cranes (RTGCs) used to be the port’s largest diesel-consuming machines. By using a conductor bar system, the power supplies of RTGCs were reconfigured to use electric power instead of purely diesel fuel, which has helped slash fuel emissions by 99% and noise pollution by 30%.
We also learned that YICT carried out an electrical circuit and control system modification project, enabling it to save electricity consumption equivalent to that of 2,000 households every year. YICT’s new office building and canteens were fitted with energy-saving lighting, and solar-powered lamp posts and water heaters have been installed at the port as well.
Clean water and fresh air
There are seven water treatment stations within the terminal; in fact in 2007, YICT handled 300,000 cubic metres of sewage. At the Phase III water treatment station, we could even see shoals of fish darting about in the treated water ponds, proving the water to be in good condition. And at the quay, workers collected rubbish floating on the surface of the water.
Once we visited the maintenance and repair workshop and saw its active carbon filters, which can filter the engine exhaust of 15 vehicles simultaneously. And we found that all container handling machines in the port were installed with air filter devices and that all internal terminal tractors operated under an exhaust gas monitoring system.
Every little bit of effort makes a difference
We were very surprised to see that not a single piece of paper would be thrown away if one side of it was still left unused, and the air conditioners in the office building would always be set to 26°C. We would see notes posted on computers and office doors reminding everyone to save on electricity; even the paper towel holders in restrooms were labelled with notes on saving paper. All these notes, we were told, were made of recycled paper. And to top off the topic of recycling paper, YICT developed electronic administration and documentation systems, saving more than 520,000 sheets of paper (roughly equivalent to 96 ten-year-old trees) in 2007 alone.
To encourage participation from staff, YICT organised a series of “green” activities including tree planting, cleaning up Dameisha beach, and holding environmental awareness and “green-themed” artwork contests. These activities all sounded very attractive to us, and we thought these were a really good means of promoting environmental awareness.
Having completed our three-week internship, we feel very lucky to have been given the opportunity to witness first-hand YICT’s green initiatives, and to this day we remain convinced that YICT will continue to be committed to its aim of becoming a green port.