DP World has installed a set of photovoltaic panels on the canopy of the gatehouse building at London Gateway, following a successful trial.
The gatehouse, which sees 548,000 lorries a year enter the port en route to collecting or discharging containers, has generated 29.95 megawatt hours (MWH) of electricity in total over the first two months and a highest daily peak of 120 KWH.
Andrew Bowen, DP World chief operating officer, said: "We are committed to mitigating the impacts of climate change by becoming a net zero logistics organisation by 2050.
"This successful trial is another step on that journey, with our gatehouse complex becoming the first entirely carbon neutral part of London Gateway since the photovoltaic panels were introduced two months ago.”
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“Decarbonisation is one of the biggest challenges facing humanity today and we are looking to cut emissions further by increasing our renewable electricity usage. This will mean installing significantly more photovoltaic solar panels at our logistics hubs at both London Gateway and Southampton over the next three years.”
DP World operates two deep water ports at Southampton and London Gateway with access to freight rail terminals, and a logistics park. Earlier this year, its Southampton terminal announced that it had delivered an absolute reduction of 55% in net carbon emissions from its fleet and installations in 2022 after transitioning to Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO).
DP World’s £350m new fourth berth at London Gateway opens for business next summer as part of Thames Freeport which the group said will be the first in Britain to be all-electric.
It is also building sustainable warehouses at the adjacent logistics park, with the target of delivering a 30% carbon reduction during construction and a 40% reduction in operational carbon emissions.