Categories: Associated British Ports, Hull, NewsPublished On: 18.02.2021418 words2.1 min read

Associated British Ports (ABP), the UK’s leading and best-connected port operator, has gained an ISO 14001 Certification for Environmental Management covering all ABP ports and terminals.

Rooftop solar array at the Port of Hull  

The ISO 14001 is the international standard that specifies requirements for an effective environmental management system (EMS). As part of the process, ABP’s existing systems were assessed against the certification’s formulation and maintenance requirements.

The framework will also help ABP improve its environmental performance through more efficient use of its resources and the reduction of waste as well as demonstrate ABP’s commitment to protecting the environment to external stakeholders.

Alan Tinline, ABP Group Head of Health, Safety & Environment, commented: “This is a great achievement, particularly during such a challenging time. It reflects our commitment to sustainable progress, ensuring that our business, people and the environment prosper.

“We look forward to continuing to build on this strong foundation in 2021, ensuring everyone is part of ABP`s drive towards sustainability.”

To date 17 of ABP’s 21 ports have renewable energy generation projects, providing clean power for ABP and its customers. Over the past six years, ABP has reduced its absolute greenhouse gas emissions by a staggering 35%.

Last year the Port of Hull unveiled the UK’s largest rooftop solar array. In January ABP was crowned the company showing the biggest commitment to solar power in the UK in a Project Solar UK leader board, putting it ahead of Marks and Spencer, Tesco and Amazon. The array produces 6.5MW saving ABP 2,600 tonnes of CO2e per annum, which equates to the energy needs of 1,450 average UK homes.

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About ABP (

ABP is the UK’s leading ports operator with 21 ports and other transport related businesses creating a unique national network capable of handling a vast array of cargo.

The company contributes £7.5 billion to the UK economy every year and supports 119,000 jobs. Our current investment programme promises to further increase our contribution to regional economies around the UK.


  • Handles over 1.5 million vehicles every year
  • Generates around one quarter of the UK’s rail freight
  • Has 1.4 million square metres of covered storage
  • Has 1,000 hectares of open storage
  • Handles around 90 million tonnes of cargo each year
  • Owns 5,000 hectares of port estate
  • Has 87km of quay


Our five-year investment programme across the group is worth £1 billion. Our investment is designed to respond to the needs of our customers whose business relies on our ports for access to international and, in some cases, domestic markets.