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London Gateway Port transitions to clean energy sources.

by Dubaiforum

DP World has made a significant move towards sustainability by going fossil-free at its UK logistics hubs, including the removal of fossil diesel from operations at London Gateway. This transition involved switching diesel-engine equipment and installations to run on Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) at the beginning of January.

HVO is a renewable biodiesel derived from sustainable sources that will greatly reduce carbon dioxide emissions at the hub. It is expected to save around 8,300 tonnes of CO2 equivalent (CO2e) in 2024, which is equivalent to the annual emissions of more than 4,700 family cars. DP World plans to continue using HVO at London Gateway throughout the entirety of 2024, aiming for a 26% net reduction in the company’s total carbon emissions from its fleet and installations by the end of the year. This transition follows DP World Southampton’s switch to HVO 18 months ago, resulting in a 90% reduction in carbon emissions.

The shift to HVO at London Gateway will be complemented by the opening of a new fourth berth this summer, operated by eight new fully electric straddle carriers. This £12 million investment in electric straddle carriers will support London Gateway’s energy transition and contribute to the first all-electric fleet in commercial operation at a port globally.

Ahsan Agha, Vice President of Port Operations at DP World London Gateway, emphasized the importance of transitioning to HVO to meet customer supply chain demands and achieve net zero carbon goals by 2050. He highlighted the company’s commitment to sustainability and supporting customers in maintaining competitiveness and carbon efficiency in a rapidly changing trading environment.

Last year, DP World broke ground on a new driver welfare facility at its Southampton logistics hub and announced plans to move its global headquarters to Expo City Dubai. These developments signify the company’s expansion in the UK and its transformation into a global supply chain solutions provider.

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