Meridian Port Services Ltd (MPS) has received multiple Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies (EDGE) Certifications for buildings in the Tema Port Expansion Project.
The buildings comprising the Administrative Building, Authorities Building and the Workshop Maintenance Building successfully passed all requirements to reach the mandatory certification level.
By this, the MPS Workshop Maintenance Building becomes the first light industrial building to be EDGE certified in Africa.
At a ceremony to announce the certification, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) delegation led by Mr Joseph Kuma, the acting Country Manager, noted that his organization viewed the Project as a worthy investment calling for the support of all.
“The IFC is pleased to be associated with this project on the investment side and also on the sustainable side. This is what the IFC does, we support sustainable projects and this happens to be one. This facility is going to link us to the rest of the world and help grow the economy. Of prime importance is the jobs that would be created and the facilitation of exports to promote economic growth. We need the right attitude, procedures and backing to make it work.”
Benjamin Van der Auwera of SGS – the certification company described the importance of the endorsement.
“It is a pleasure to award these certificates to your company as the buildings here symbolize what EDGE (Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiency), is all about. This facility is making a difference based on the design technology employed in the construction. It is really an achievement for a project of this dimension to be certified. Again, you are global pioneers in this world in terms of deploying this type of standard in your project in Africa.”
“Knowing the impact of the facility to the growth of Ghana, SGS is privileged to be part of this history in the making,” Mr Gyan, Managing Director of SGS remarked.
Receiving the certificates, Chief Executive Officer of MPS, Mohamed Samara highlighted that as part of the drive to create a viable economy through the upgrade of Ghana’s Port Facility, the company has demonstrated a strong commitment to the environment and its sustainability.
“We can attest that our facility management culture goes beyond the buildings, In fact in the design of the port and the road projects, we incorporated water treatment chambers to segregate waste materials from the water so that the water that eventually flows into the sea is devoid of any pollutants.”
Adding to it, the Project Director, Mark Nolet said that the terminal was not only about creating connectivity but also about putting in everything that may be an environmental concern, which is why the port runs on electricity rather than diesel.
Amongst other features, the MPS buildings have insulated sheets, eco-white paint, and LED lights with occupancy sensors and laminated glass coated with Ultra Violet film.
Based on this, the next step would be to certify the MPS Project as Net Zero- a certification for projects that demonstrate any or all of the following: net-zero carbon emissions, net-zero energy use, net-zero water use and net-zero waste.