Plymouth City Council, Millbay Docks and Brittany Ferries have pledged to work together to support Plymouth Port to grow and to work towards Net Zero, by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).
he move will support Millbay Docks as a key economic driver for Plymouth and work towards the Council’s ambition to become Net Zero by 2030. The three parties will work together to bring forward improvements and business development opportunities, for the mutual benefit of the docks, the parties and the wider port and city of Plymouth, in the following areas:
- A shared ambition for Millbay Docks to be Net Zero by 2030 supporting new green jobs and investment
- To maximise the impact of planned capital projects, including quayside passenger access and freight improvements
- To identify grant funding opportunities for investment in shore power, assisting in reducing greenhouse gas emissions from vessels visiting the docks
- To develop the freight opportunity for Millbay utilising the Freeport, underlining the importance of trade between France, Spain and the United Kingdom
- To increase inbound tourism and cruise working with Destination Plymouth and other regional bodies.
This year has seen the launch of our wide-ranging new sustainability strategy. If we are going to make Net Zero a reality, it is essential there is a partnership approach.
… commented Associated British Ports’ Chief Executive, Henrik Pedersen
The memorandum was on August 17th by Councillor Tudor Evans, Leader of Plymouth City Council, Christophe Mathieu, Chief Executive of Brittany Ferries and Henrik Pedersen, Chief Executive of Associated British Ports (ABP) and commits all partners to working together to ensure Millbay Docks enjoys a sustained era of clean, green and good growth, with investment to future proof facilities at the docks for years to come.
Transporting goods by ship is one of the cleanest ways of getting products from A to B. Millbay Docks has huge potential to be a major player for new freight opportunities, particularly as part of our Freeport status.
… said Council leader Tudor Evans OBE
Christophe Mathieu, CEO, Brittany Ferries added that they are looking forward to a shared future built on economic growth, more cross-border trade and sustainable operations at sea and while in port.