According to the terminal operator, the carbon footprint was reduced due to a significant increase in the number of containers being handled by the port, as well as the introduction of hybrid-electric shuttle carriers, better recording and tracking of energy use, and reduced energy consumption in buildings.

Port management committed to reducing the terminal’s emissions by 2.5% per TEU when The Planet Mark™ certification was achieved in 2016, after its carbon emissions were calculated and independently verified as part of the process. The Planet Mark™ is an internationally-recognised and trusted sustainability certification programme, recognising commitment to continuous improvement in sustainability.

Results of the review were published as DP World London Gateway Port took part in Go Green Week from September 18 to September 22, a global environmental campaign that takes place in ports all over the world. Fittingly, the theme for this year’s campaign was “Be a Climate Mate”, with activities arranged and awareness raised around the impacts of climate change.

DP World London Gateway encouraged its 500-strong team to be even more environmentally friendly, by promoting car share initiatives, green car leasing and provoking thought on how team members can be good “climate mates” at work and at home

“As an operator touching so many of the UK’s imported and exported products, everything we do to be cleaner and greener means that the supply chain operations of our customers and their customers – from retailers to manufacturers – are just that little bit more sustainable too," said Chris Lewis, CEO, DP World London Gateway.