Self Diagnosis Method (SDM): The user-friendly environmental checklist

The Self Diagnosis Method exists of three parts:
- SDM checklist: Filling in the SDM checklist is your 'passport' to the EcoPorts network.
- SDM Comparison: Compare your SDM score with the European average
- SDM Review: Review your SDM score and receive expert's advice and customised recommendations.

1. Joining the Network

SDM is a checklist that allows you to identify and reflect on environmental risks in your port. Aggregated and anonymised data provided by EcoPorts members are used to build and update the sector’s benchmark of performance in environmental management.

A completed SDM is valid for a period of 2 years.

Benefits of using SDM

Obtain the EcoPorts status and be part of a wide network
Share experiences and best practices within the network
Increase visibility and reputation
Raise awareness on environmental protection
Access the other EcoPorts tools

How to use SDM?

2. Reviewing your SDM

Receive expert’s advice and customised recommendations on how to improve your environmental performance.

Upon submission of your SDM, an expert will subject your port’s environmental management to a gap analysis with regards to established environmental management standards and a SWOT analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats). During the review, the expert ensures a customised assessment, taking into account your port’s top 5 priorities for action.

Benefits of the SDM Review

Receive a gap analysis of your environmental performance
Receive a SWOT analysis of your environmental performance
Receive expert’s advice and customised recommendations according to your port’s top 5 priorities

3. Comparing your score

Together with the SDM review you will receive a comparison of your port’s score with the Ecoports’ Port Network World benchmark of environmental performance.

Benefits of comparing your SDM score

Self-evaluate your port’s environmental performance
Identify strengths and weaknesses in relation to the World average
Establish priorities for action