Sustainability is at the forefront of public discussion. To tackle the burgeoning climate crisis, the UK government has agreed that the nation must achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050. In turn, the ten point plan for a green industrial revolution has been introduced to mobilise £12 billion of investments in green technologies including green ships. 

Here, we’ll explore recent news that Port of Heysham is transitioning into a green fleet ahead of these targets. 

Port of Heysham is leading the way for using sustainable alternatives to fossil fuels

International cargo shipping is responsible for a huge amount of carbon emissions. In fact, according to official statistics, this sector makes up 3% of all greenhouse gas emissions globally partly due to its use of diesel fuel. 

Peel Ports, parent company of Port of Heysham which had an overall financial performance of £271.9 millionbetween March 2020-2021, is working towards reducing these emissions. And to do this, Port of Heysham is currently powering its entire vehicle fleet and landslide equipment with electricity and Hydronated Vegetable Oil (HVO). 

Both electricity and HVO are environmental alternatives to fossil fuels. In particular, research shows that HVO reduces carbon emissions by up to 90 per cent, enabling the company to achieve its plans to become net zero by 2040. 

Lewis McIntyre, the managing direction of port services at Peel Ports Group, has commented: “We are confident that once we convert the rest of the equipment and transition from gas in our onsite office, Heysham will become one of the first UK ports to become 100 per cent carbon neutral.”

Port of Heysham – which is used as a gateway to Isle of Man, Northern Ireland, and the Republic of Ireland – is leading the way for reducing carbon emissions. It will continue to be a valuable asset to Lancashire, inspiring other companies to follow in its place.

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