Peel Ports in the UK strives to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2040
By Jonathan Saul
LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s leading port operator Peel Ports aims to achieve net zero carbon emissions across all of its operations by 2040 and is exploring hydrogen fuel solutions for some of its energy needs, the director said general of the private group.
Britain has said it is committed to achieving net zero emissions by 2050, and Finance Minister Rishi Sunak this week asked companies to develop plans by 2023 for a transition to a low carbon economy.
Mark Whitworth, CEO of Peel Ports, headquartered in Liverpool, which handles nearly 70 million tonnes of cargo per year, said their move was “an ambitious goal for the whole group”.
“It is a commercial commitment to align with this goal,” he told Reuters.
Their net zero commitment by 2040 is the first by a port group in the UK.
Alan Tinline, group head of health, safety and environment at ABP, which is Peel Ports’ biggest rival, said he is committed to decarbonizing their operations and reducing emissions from carbon by more than 35% since 2014. ABP has not yet given a timetable for becoming net zero.
Peel Ports, which operates the Port of Liverpool in north-west England and other terminals including Glasgow in Scotland and Dublin in the Republic of Ireland, said it has invested more than £ 1.2 billion in the over the past decade in sustainable infrastructure and technologies, including LED lighting in its ports. and low emission equipment.
Peel Ports aims to have 50% of its vehicle fleet replaced with electric cars by the end of 2021, with the rest in place by December 2022.
Whitworth said they are also exploring the use of hydrogen to power their larger trucks.
Peel Ports has a short sea container shipping arm, BG Freight Line, which serves routes between the UK, Ireland and mainland Europe.
Whitworth added that the group saw the benefits of its strategy.
“A lot of investors and banks are offering incentives for the right kind of environmental outlook,” he said. “I can see real pressure on ESG which is real.”
(Reporting by Jonathan Saul; Editing by Steve Orlofsky)