ABP is making major strides in cutting carbon emissions and generating electricity with a series of environmentally friendly engineering projects.
ABP procure or create enough green electricity to cover all of our own operational needs. Recent months have seen us deliver a succession of renewable energy projects designed to supply our ports, our customers, and the national grid with clean, zero emission power.
In South Wales, we are installing solar panels on offices and warehouses at our ports of Cardiff, Newport and Swansea, representing an investment of £1 million. Newport has recently seen a 2,300 kW wind turbine, expected to save around 2,900 tonnes of carbon each year from being emitted into the atmosphere. In addition, at the Port of Barry, we are building a solar farm that uses the energy from the sun to power the equivilant of over 2,000 homes.
In addition we strive to continually improve the efficiency of the assets we operate – for example with swathes of lighting improvements underway across our ports, utilising the latest LED technologies. Waste reduction and identifying further means to divert waste from landfill also remains a priority for our ports. On average we divert more than 80% of our waste from landfill.
On the Humber, ABP have a number of projects in place to help the wider UK shift to a lower carbon economy; Imimmingham port is home to the Immingham Renewable Fuels Terminal (IRFT), a facility for importing, storing and onward transfer of renewable fuels, such as wood pellets, destined for the Drax Power Station near Selby.
We are investing in Green Port Hull, a project that represents a huge step towards renewables manufacturing and a supply chain network in Hull, and along the north bank of the Humber Estuary. This £310 million investment by Siemens and ABP involves the regeneration of Alexandria Dock in order to establish an offshore wind turbine manufacturing and assembly facility for Siemens. for more information about Green Port Hull please visit greenporthull.co.uk.
The Port of Grimsby is fast becoming the centre of excellence for operations and maintenance (O&M) activities for offshore wind farms in the North Sea. ABP are in negotiations with a number of key O&M operators who are wishing to use Grimsby as a base for their North Sea operations.
To read more information about ABP's Offshore Wind sector, please visit our Offshore Wind page