Ports reveal huge scale of industry environmental efforts

From Aberdeen to Ardrossan; Belfast to Blyth, Pembroke to Portsmouth; and Shetland to Southampton; the British Ports Association has today published a comprehensive package of case studies of environmental good practice from dozens of UK ports.

The BPA will be adding new stories to the pack over time as well as regularly highlighting individual case studies. Included in the current collection are:

  • The use of two bubble curtains in the construction of Aberdeen’s new south harbour to protect marine mammals from any harmful effects of the building work
  • ABP’s £6.8 million roof mounted solar array at the Port of Hull
  • Belfast Harbour’s drive towards 100% renewable energy usage and smart electricity generation
  • The installation of the UK’s first intermediate voltage shore power system, in Orkney, as well as smaller shore power systems in Fraserburgh and Lerwick
  • The Port of London’s hybrid pilot cutter, which will cut diesel usage significantly
  • Milford Haven’s environmental surveillance group that has been running for 27 years making the waterway one of the best-studied estuaries in Europe
  • Beach cleaning days run by the ports of Plymouth, Dover, London, Fraserburgh, and ABP
  • PD Ports’ participation in Operation Clean Sweep, which aims to reduce the amount of plastic lost into our seas. The BPA is currently part of a steering group working on a fast-track industry standard with a similar aim, building on this work
  • A number of fishing ports’ participation in the ‘Fishing for Litter’ scheme by KIMO. Participating fishers are given hard wearing bags to collect any plastic waste caught whilst fishing, which is then collected and recycled.
  • Orkney Harbours’ work on monitoring and preventing invasive species
  • Portland Port’s non-native invasive species control plan
  • Salcome Harbour’s eco-mooring facility

The list goes on. The collection of good news stories is drawn from ports across five broad categories:

  • Habitats and Biodviersity
  • Reducing Emissions
  • Renewables
  • Research, Collaboration, and Leadership
  • Plastics, Waste, and Recycling

The collection is available to view on a map here and in an A4 e-book version here.

Commenting on the project, Mark Simmonds, Head of Policy & External Affairs at the BPA said:

“This collection of stories shows the tremendous amount of effort ports put into reducing emissions, protecting and enhancing habitats and biodiversity, and tackling waste and marine litter. Much of this work goes unappreciated and we hope that this work will start to highlight some of the everyday effort ports make in delivering positive outcomes for our environment . . . .

. . . . . continue reading the article on the BPA website here