Sustainability is a natural part of who we are and integral to our business strategy. We’re now the greenest, most direct route to Europe.

We’re committed to reducing our carbon footprint through more efficient modes of transport. We take a phased approach to sustainability, step by step we’re making a positive impact on our environment.

We believe in actions rather than words. Our port is leading the charge in bringing the shipping sector closer to a more sustainable way of operating. Every step we take, no matter how small, is aimed at bringing us closer to meeting global emissions targets.

Our Environmental Policy  includes managing our Ships Waste Reception facilities to the highest standard, reducing our energy usage, managing product/cargo run-off on the quays, and utilising new technologies to best advantage.  We have obtained EcoMerit and ISO 14001 environmental certifications and we are an active partner of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, SEAI. As part of this process, various projects are being undertaken to monitor and reduce consumption.

Port of Waterford is a member of the “EcoPort” Network, which is administered by the European Sea Ports Organisation (EPSO). The EcoPort Port Environmental Review System (PERS) has become established over the past 20 years as the only port specific Environmental Management standard and has been implemented to date by 23 ports throughout Europe.

A central requirement of PERS is the public availability of information on a port’s environmental performance.  Port of Waterford’s PERS report 2023 is available as part of EcoPort requirements.


We are involved in many conservation, biodiversity and sustainability programmes including the EU DiadES Programme, an EU initiative aimed at conserving vulnerable migratory fish species.

For more details, contact any member of our team:

ISO 14001 certification

Port of Waterford has successfully maintained certification for ISO 14001:2015 Environment.  We work with stakeholders to ensure our environmental management system meets international industry specific environmental standards and provides a framework to:

  • Minimise our environmental footprint
  • Diminish the risk of pollution incidents
  • Provide operational improvements
  • Ensure compliance with relevant environmental legislation, and
  • Develop our business in a sustainable manner


We are happy to support the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan.  By having all of us playing our part, we can create an Ireland where pollinators can survive and thrive.


Port of Waterford have planted native wildflower seeds on verges and have distributed seed packets to staff and students in nearby schools on both sides of the river Suir.    We will continue to work on planting pollinators in suitable areas in coming years.