DP World’s container terminal at Southampton, UK, has reported a 55% reduction in net carbon emissions from its fleet and installations.

DP World operates two deepwater ports in the UK, one of which is at Southampton, while the other is the London Gateway.

The company claims that Southampton became the first port in the country to remove fossil diesel from its operations completely in April 2022, when it shifted to using Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO).

A renewable biodiesel, HVO is derived from sustainable sources and cuts down levels of nitrogen oxide, particulate matter and carbon monoxide as well as reducing carbon dioxide emissions.

According to DP World estimates, the shift from diesel to HVO at the port cuts down around 14,000t of CO₂ annually, which is the equivalent of taking more than 8,000 cars off the roads.

DP World’s Port Operations director at Southampton Steve McCrindle said: “We are delighted by the progress we have made on our green journey since moving to sustainable HVO last April. The transition away from fossil diesel means that the overwhelming majority of the fuel used at Southampton now comes from a green and renewable source.”

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McCrindle further added: “We will use HVO for the entirety of 2023 and therefore expect a further 35% net reduction in carbon emissions from our fleet and installations by the end of the year, making for a 90% reduction compared with 2021. This sector-leading performance shows our commitment to playing our part in helping the UK meet its Net Zero 2050 policy,”.

Southampton currently has the highest proportion of containers transported by rail in the UK, making up roughly 30%.

Last November, DP World announced plans to invest up to $500m to reduce carbon emissions from its operations by nearly 700,000t over the next five years.

This reduction in carbon emissions marks 20% from 2021 levels and will be achieved through electrifying assets, investing in renewable power and exploring alternative fuels.

The company stated that the new £350m fourth berth at London Gateway will improve capacity by a third when it opens next year and will also be all-electric.

With ports, terminals and logistics businesses on six continents, DP World intends to become a carbon-neutral business by 2040. The company aims to achieve net zero carbon emissions across its complete worldwide network by 2050.

Last December, DP World signed an agreement with the Government of Puntland, a state in Somalia, to expand and undertake upgrade work at the Port of Bosaso.