Port of Aberdeen will invest £55 million over the next 10 years to become the UK’s first net zero port by 2040.
The port is targeting net zero emissions from vessels visiting the port, as well as the port’s own operations, by 2040.
This ambitious target is at the core of the Port of Aberdeen’s net zero strategy, which focuses on collaborating with stakeholders across the private and public sectors to reduce emissions in the port, facilitate future low carbon fuels and support the energy transition.
The Port of Aberdeen has already taken action to reduce the environmental impact of its operations, starting with the roll-out of electric vehicles and installation of LED lighting on the quaysides.
A wide range of projects are now underway or planned, such as the trial of hydrotreated vegetable oil for port-owned vessels and equipment, and exploring the feasibility of onsite energy generation for the port estate.
The £55 million net zero commitment comes after the port has already invested more than half a billion pounds in infrastructure in recent years. This includes the transformational South Harbour expansion which will unlock growth opportunities in the energy transition, including offshore wind, hydrogen and decommissioning.
Bob Sanguinetti, Chief Executive, Port of Aberdeen, said: “we launched our net zero strategy with the aim of becoming the UK’s first net zero port by 2040. Strong partnerships and investment across the public and private sectors are essential to deliver this transformational change, which will deliver significant benefits for the environment, local communities, and wider maritime sector.”