Certification, coming soon
It is our aim to grow to certification of tank terminals: The Green Tank Terminal Certificate. The Quick Scan is the first step towards formal certification. We are working on the development of the certification toolkit and self-evaluation guide. The certification system will be designed specifically for tank terminals covering ten topics, twice as many as the topics covered in the quick scan.
Will you be fit for certification? Assess for yourself where your tank terminal stands today: Quick Scan
The main source of air pollution by a tank terminal storing petroleum products is the emission so-called Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC): hydrocarbons with a high vapour pressure like gasoline.
Spills of petroleum products are the main source of soil pollution on an oil terminal. Spills from the primary containment (tanks, pipelines) are typically contained by secondary containment measures.
Water pollution from tank terminals is mainly caused by the drainage of hydrocarbon spills and leakages via the sewage system.
Tank terminals are not large consumers of energy compared to other heavy industries. The exhaust from energy sources can however be reduced by minimizing consumption and using sustainable energy sources.
Reducing the environmental footprint of a tank terminal typically requires long-term investments. The required long-term dedication to environmental improvement can only be guaranteed by means of continuous environmental management.
A tank terminal typically consists of a number of large, white, ‘shoeboxes’ standing out in the landscape. Especially in densely populated areas this is considered to pollute the horizon.
Tank terminals are operated day and night. Especially during the night the noise of pumps and generators might disturb neighboring residential areas.
Some of the products stored at tank terminals reek or actually stink. In large oil ports this is a common provocation for complaints from residential areas miles downwind from the terminal.
Many utilities are required for the operation of tank terminals, varying from a common office building to heavy duty firefighting equipment. With a little bit of thought and dedication, the environmental footprint of these utilities can be minimized.
Clarity about the environmental footprint of a terminal and about the efforts put into reducing this footprint will ease relations with stakeholders like the public, local authorities and customers.