• Second largest UK port operators reduce operational greenhouse gas emissions by nearly a third in three years

Industrial Emissions

Second largest UK port operators reduce operational greenhouse gas emissions by nearly a third in three years

Oct 12 2023

Peel Ports Group has made significant strides in reducing its greenhouse gas emissions at its extensive portfolio of port facilities around the British Isles, achieving a hugely significant reduction of nearly one-third since the year 2020. This notable achievement has been detailed in the group's comprehensive 51-page Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) report, a document that sets a benchmark as one of the most detailed reports of its kind among UK port operators of comparable size. As the UK's second-largest port operator, Peel Ports chose to publish this report to highlight its dedication to sustainable port operations. These achievements were independently verified, revealing that the group has successfully lowered both Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions by 32 percent when compared to its 2020 baseline, using a market-based accounting approach. A particularly remarkable accomplishment is the reduction of Scope 1 emissions by 47 percent within its port operations. This accomplishment was largely achieved by transitioning to biofuels instead of diesel for straddle carriers and other equipment, as well as the electrification of 97 percent of the group's vehicle fleet. These efforts underline Peel Ports Group's commitment to environmental responsibility and sustainability within the maritime industry.

Claudio Veritiero, Chief Executive Officer at Peel Ports Group, was justifiably proud of the company’s achievements to date stating: “As one of the UK’s largest port operators, and a major employer in the areas in which we operate, we are fully aware of the role we need to play in driving the sustainability agenda.  We took the lead within our industry when we announced our commitment to become a net-zero business by 2040, and this level of ambition has been replicated across our other focus areas of sustainability, including our approach to equality, diversity and inclusion as well as social issues. I am particularly proud of the significant projects and initiatives we’ve introduced to reduce our carbon footprint over the last twelve months, and whilst we have some way to go, this sets us in good stead for the year ahead. This report represents a steppingstone in our journey to delivering sustainable growth for the business and we remain fully committed to building on the achievements we’ve made to date while working to further embed sustainability as a driver for our future success.” 

The comprehensive report meticulously outlines the financial investments and strategic initiatives undertaken by Peel Ports Group, with the overarching aim of achieving net-zero emissions by the year 2040, a commitment reaffirmed nearly two years following its initial announcement. The report also offers an insight into how the ESG strategy employed by Peel Ports Group has been woven into the framework of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, therefore positioning the organisation to play a role in substantial global change. The strategic alignment centres on four priority UN targets: Decent Work and Economic Growth, Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure, Climate Action, and Life Below Water.

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