DP World is now officially fossil-free at both of its UK logistics hubs following the removal of fossil diesel from its London Gateway operations.
The diesel-engine equipment and installations have been switched to run on hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO), which is expected to save around 8,300 metric tons of CO2 equivalent (CO2 e) in 2024.
HVO will be deployed at London Gateway throughout 2024, with an expected 26% net reduction in the total carbon emissions by the end of the year. The move follows DP World Southampton’s transition to HVO 18 months ago, which resulted in carbon emissions being cut by 90%.
Ahsan Agha, vice president of port operations at DP World London Gateway, said, “Transitioning from fossil diesel to HVO across our operations is critical to meeting our customers’ supply chain demands. The move demonstrates not only our goal of becoming a net zero carbon organization by 2050, but also highlights our commitment to our customers’ sustainability success as well as our own.”
The sustainability benefits from the transition to HVO at London Gateway will be bolstered by a £350m (US$442m) fourth berth due to open this summer, which will be operated by eight state-of-the-art fully electric straddle carriers.
The £12m (US$15m) investment in the straddle carriers will further support and accelerate London Gateway’s energy transition, forming an integral part of the first all-electric fleet to go into commercial operation at a port anywhere in the world.