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Port of Heysham In Race to Become UK’s First 100% Carbon Neutral Port

7th September 2022
On the Irish Sea carbon emissions by 90% have been reduced at the Port of Heysham landside plant in what is believed to be a first for any UK port.
On the Irish Sea carbon emissions by 90% have been reduced at the Port of Heysham landside plant in what is believed to be a first for any UK port Credit: Peel Ports

Carbon emissions have been reduced at the Port of Heysham's landside plant, with equipment and vehicles by up to 90%, in what is believed to be a first for any UK port.

The port, part of the Peel Ports Group, has confirmed all its vehicles, plant equipment, forklift trucks, tug masters and ancillary equipment are now operating on either electricity or Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO).

While using 100% renewable electricity is the ultimate goal for the port operator, HVO uses plant-based oils in its composition, which reduces CO2 emissions to the atmosphere by up to 90%, and direct emissions of particulate matter, such as dust, smoke and other fine materials, by up to 65%. HVO can be substituted directly for diesel fuel and is broadly considered a greener option to diesel due to its lower NOx emissions.

  • Port of Heysham transitions all its vehicle and plant equipment to run on electricity or Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO)
  • Peel Ports estimates a carbon emission reduction of up to 90% on its plant and equipment as a result of converting to greener fuels

Located in the North West of England, and due to its close proximity to major industrial clusters, the Port of Heysham provides a critical and direct gateway to the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man.

The Port of Heysham handles a wide range of cargo including Roll-on Roll-off, agri-bulks, automotive, project cargo and energy products, as well as offering significant warehousing and storage facilities.

Lewis McIntyre, Managing Director, Port Services at Peel Ports Group said: “We are transitioning our entire vehicle fleet and landside equipment to run on either electric or HVO in our drive to become net zero across the group by 2040.

“While HVO as a transition fuel offers a significant improvement, we are working with manufacturers and suppliers to explore longer-term solutions for the next generation of landside equipment.

“Heysham requires less machinery and equipment in its operations compared to some of our larger ports; this means we’ve been able to reduce emissions much faster as part our conversion plans.

“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% carbon neutral.”

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Jehan Ashmore

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Jehan Ashmore is a marine correspondent, researcher and photographer, specialising in Irish ports, shipping and the ferry sector serving the UK and directly to mainland Europe. Jehan also occasionally writes a column, 'Maritime' Dalkey for the (Dalkey Community Council Newsletter) in addition to contributing to UK marine periodicals. 

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