Dover zeroes in on becoming a truly sustainable port

Thursday, July 21, 2022 - 13:00 by ce-press

The Port of Dover has announced three ambitious targets that will put it at the vanguard of decarbonisation within the UK ports industry, and help position Britain as a global leader in delivering one of the key COP26 commitments following the UK government’s hosting of the global climate summit last November.

The first two targets are: to be carbon net zero by 2025 (Scope 1&2); and to be carbon net zero by 2030 (Scope 1&2 and defined Scope 3).

Handling £144 billion (€169 billion) of trade, the Port of Dover provides almost 60% of all ferry journeys between the UK and Europe that carry around one-third of all HGVs using major UK seaports. 

It is also a leading UK cruise and cargo port, and work across the business has already seen Dover reduce its carbon footprint by 85% since 2007.

The third target is to become the world’s first (high-volume) Green Shipping Corridor. Market commitment to the route shows that trade through the port is set to grow in the years ahead. Dover’s commitment will also help deliver on the government’s ambition for clean maritime growth as part of the Department for Transport’s flagship Maritime 2050 strategy, the Clean Maritime Plan and the Clydebank Declaration announced in Glasgow at COP26.

“I welcome the Port of Dover's commitment to champion the crucial journey to decarbonisation. The challenging targets demonstrate the leading role Dover wishes to take in delivering our Clean Maritime Plan and ensuring Britain remains at the forefront of the maritime industry in tackling this global issue,” commented Maritime Minister, Robert Courts MP Minister Courts.

The targets will be pursued through a combination of activities; for example, the sourcing of alternative fuels, utilisation of renewable energy sources, port electrification, offsetting and minimising carbon emissions in procurement and development projects, and through partnership working with stakeholders including our community, supply chains, sister ports and customers.

To mark World Environment Day on June and its 2022 theme of #OnlyOneEarth#, the Port of Dover announced a series of continuous improvement targets that will drive a zero-harm approach to the port’s activities. This is in addition to the above.

The seven targets are: zero reportable injuries from port activity’; zero waste landfill; zero pollution events; zero single-use plastics; zero-impact public events on the port estate; zero air quality impact; and zero-carbon projects.

Dover’s Cruise terminal continues with its record-breaking year welcoming 130 cruises, including 73 turnaround visits and 11 inaugural ship calls. 
Dover zeroes in on becoming a truly sustainable port
The Port of Dover team committed to Target 2025, carbon net zero 1 & 2 (c) Port of Dover

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