The Port of Dover in the United Kingdom published its decarbonization roadmap announcing its ambition to become the world’s first (high-volume) Green Shipping Corridor.
andling £144 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. As announced, since 2007, the port has achieved an 85% reduction in its carbon footprint throughout initiatives already implemented.
The first two targets aim for Net Zero as follows:
- To be carbon net zero by 2025 (direct emissions from operations and indirect emissions from purchased energy)
- To be carbon net zero by 2030 (all other emissions associated with activity)
Dover is located at a critical intersection where global trade routes meet the primary gateway between the UK and its main trading partner, the EU
…Port of Dover Chief Executive, Doug Bannister, said.
Having the fastest transit times and the most frequent services situated next to the world’s busiest shipping lane, we already lead the way in how much activity takes place here
We can and must, therefore, also lead the way by delivering a profound improvement in the overall carbon footprint of UK supply chains, which we can do much faster because of our geographic advantage
…Doug Bannister noted.
The Port’s third target is:
- To become the world’s first (high-volume) Green Shipping Corridor
As disclosed, Dover’s commitment will 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
…Maritime Minister, Robert Courts MP. Minister Courts, said.
According to the Port, 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.