South Asia Gateway Terminals (SAGT), the first public private partnership container terminal in Sri Lanka, furthered its commitment to driving sustainable business practices throughout its operations in a recent road surfacing project carried out at the terminal.
The road surfacing project involved the usage of Plastic Modified Asphalt Concrete (PMAC), an innovative solution that converts Sri Lanka’s single-use plastic waste into an industrial raw material for road construction. The asphalt mixture incorporates plastic waste as a substitute to a percentage of bitumen fossil fuel which allows for reduced greenhouse gases. The initiative underscores SAGT’s commitment to reduce its carbon footprint.
SAGT’s adoption of PMAC as a raw material for this project allows for reduced resurfacing frequency, cost efficiency, increased road safety and contributes towards off-setting its carbon footprint.
The project is in alignment with SAGT’s commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goal (UN SDG) 13. Other innovative sustainability focused projects include a hybrid retrofitting project of its Rubber Tyred Gantry (RTG) crane fleet and an annual reforestation project at the Yagirala forest reserve.
South Asia Gateway Terminals (SAGT) is the first private sector operated container terminal in Sri Lanka (with approximately 60% of Sri Lankan shareholding) and commenced operations in 1999, launching the Port of Colombo as global trade’s preeminent gateway hub to South Asia.
Today, the terminal is one of three operators in the Port of Colombo and continues to offer the international container shipping community a competitive best in class service. SAGT is a Board of Investment flagship company whose shareholders include – John Keells Holdings, Maersk/APM Terminals, SLPA and Evergreen Marine Corporation.