Many of theUK’s largest port operators have today come together to make clear their unequivocal commitment to high standards of sustainability and security in UK freeports. This commitment comes ahead of the deadline for the submission of freeports bids to the Government on 5thFebruary.
The commitment covers sustainability across each of its three primary dimensions:
•Environmental –where the commitment is to high standards of environmental integrity
•Social –where the commitment is to benefits to local communities, skills and employment rights
•Economic –where the commitment is to grow long-term investment in physical, intellectual and social capital
In addition, the port operators strongly believe that a sustainable enterprise is also one that ensures appropriately high levels of security and integrity. Therefore, they fullysupport the standards set out in the Government’s bidding document and would go further in committing to maintainany higher standards they are currently subject to.
Whilst its likely that freeport proposals could be quite different from each other, meaning that the specific expression of this commitment will differ, there is strong support across port operators tothe core underlying principles.
Commenting on the releaseof the commitment Tim Morris, CEO of the UK Major Ports Group, said“Freeports should be an opportunity to stimulate significant investment thatstrengthensthe UK’s capability to trade with the world plusbring more jobs andprosperity to areas that need it. UK portoperators are committed to fullyplaying their role in ensuring that these benefits are also delivered sustainablyand securely.They support high standards that work together withsustainable development and believe that such high standards across environmental, social and economic sustainability should go hand in hand to create long term success.
For more information please contact: Tim Morris, Chief Executive, UK Major Ports Group
Tel: 07387 091 407
About the UK Major Ports Group
The UK Major Ports Group is the trade body for the UK’s major port operators. It representsnine of the top ten port operators in UK. Our members collectively handle 75% of the UK’s port volumes through 40 ports. These include the largest ports in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. UKMPG members together already invest around £500 million per year in the UK’s ports and related infrastructure