Sustainable development is the organizing principle for meeting human development goals while at the same time sustaining the ability of natural systems to provide the natural resources and ecosystem services upon which the economy and society depends. The desirable end result is a state of society where living conditions and resource use continue to meet human needs without undermining the integrity and stability of the natural systems.
The port authority pays a lot of attention to efficient and ecological space utilization. Furthermore, together with all inhabitants of the surrounding population centres the port authority is striving to an open dialogue regarding environmental issues. In a broader context, MBZ also promotes shortsea traffic and inland navigation since these modes of transport keep the environmentally damaging trucks off the road.