Felixstowe Cuts Carbon Emissions 8 Percent

Felixstowe Cuts Carbon Emissions 8 Percent

The Port of Felixstowe reduced its carbon emissions 8.3 percent in 2009 compared with the previous year, the port announced in its annual Environmental Report.

The decline in emissions at one of Europe’s largest ports came amid a general downturn in container volume in 2009.

“It is not only in absolute terms that we have managed to reduce emission, that would be quite easy in a recession, we have also succeeded in reducing emissions on a per unit basis as well, showing that we are becoming more efficient in every container we handle,” said David Gledhill, chief executive officer of Hutchison Ports (UK), which owns the Port of Felixstowe.

According to the port’s calculations the amount of carbon dioxide emitted per 20-foot equivalent unit was reduced from19.8kg to 19kg in 2009. The port said it expects a further downward trend over the coming year.

The port just received nine rubber tired gantry cranes for Felixstowe South. The new cranes have up to 40 percent lower emissions than conventional models. The port is also working with the Carbon Trust to develop a carbon management program and to reduce energy used in buildings, lighting and equipment, as well as increasing the amount of waste sent for recycling.

-- Contact Thomas L. Gallagher at tgallagher@joc.com.