UK port delivers on air quality pledges

The Port of Southampton has reduced levels of nitrogen dioxide Photo: ABP The Port of Southampton has reduced levels of nitrogen dioxide Photo: ABP
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One year on since releasing its Air Quality Strategy, the Port of Southampton has revealed significantly improved average levels of nitrogen dioxide across the port.

Last summer, and more than one year ahead of government requirements, the Port of Southampton published the strategy including a package of proposals to hasten improvements in air quality around the UK’s largest automotive and cruise port.

ABP regional director for Southampton, Alastair Welch, said: “We’re pleased to see that the work we have been doing alongside our port partners is accelerating the progress in air quality.

“We recognise there is still work to do and we will continue working with the council, energy providers and partners to ensure we are operating in the most sustainable way possible.”

ABP Southampton along with partners across the port have worked together to realise these commitments and have achieved an average of 30 µg/m3 across the port, far below the UK national objective levels.

Achievements include increasing the electric vehicle fleet so that the majority of ABP’s port-use only vehicles are zero emissions. Solent Stevedores has introduced 33 electric forklifts for cruise operations and DP World has 12 new hybrid straddle carriers at the container port. A partnership project between Solent Stevedores and ABP has also increased rail provisions at the port, reducing the number of lorry movements on the road.

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