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DP World’s container terminal at Southampton enjoyed its greenest-ever year in 2022, after delivering a 55% reduction in net carbon emissions from its fleet, and installations.

Southampton became the first port in the UK to eliminate fossil diesel from its operations entirely, and transition to Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil last April, as DP World reports.

In accordance with the estimations of DP World, the switch from diesel to Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) at the port, saves around 14,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide annually, the equivalent of taking more than 8,000 family cars off the roads.

HVO is a renewable biodiesel derived from sustainable sources which, as well as lowering carbon dioxide emissions, reduces levels of nitrogen oxide, particulate matter and carbon monoxide.

DP World operates ports, terminals and logistics businesses on six continents. At London Gateway the new £350 million fourth berth, which will lift capacity by a third when it opens in 2024, will be all-electric and the UK’s first all-electric terminal tractor is now in service.

Southampton already has the highest proportion of containers moved by rail in the UK (up to 30%). Combined with London Gateway, this means around 300,000 trucks are taken off UK roads each year, saving emissions and reducing congestion.

The company has also earmarked a further £1 billion for investment in the UK, over the next 10 years.

DP World announced plans in November last year to invest up to US$500 million, to cut carbon emissions from its operations, by nearly 700,000 tonnes over the next five years. The reduction represents a 20% cut from 2021 levels, through electrifying assets, investing in renewable power and exploring alternative fuels.