ABP further invests in air quality monitors

AB Ports invests into EarthSense Zephyr monitors

Associated British Ports (ABP) has purchased a further 11 Zephyr air quality monitors from EarthSense doubling its existing network.

EarthSense has been servicing ABP since July 2022 and its monitors make up one of the largest privately owned networks of air quality monitoring systems in the UK.

The network of monitors is installed at various ports, harbours, docks, and piers around the country, helping ABP to monitor the levels of air pollution and achieve its aim of making its operations net zero from 2040.

Locations include Lowestoft, King’s Lynn, Hull, Immingham, Troon, Barrow-in-Furness, Newport, and Barry.

Alan Tinline, ABP Group Head of Health, Safety, and Environment, said: “Installing these new monitors allows us to expand and improve our network of air quality monitors and will help us meet the air quality targets we have set ourselves as part of our sustainability strategy, ‘Ready for Tomorrow’.

“Air quality is an important theme within our strategy as it affects not only our employees and customers, but also the local communities surrounding our ports.

“We acknowledge we have a role to play in improving air quality, which we actively work with port users and the wider community to improve,” Tinline added.

EarthSense’s solar-powered Zephyr monitors, used with MappAir modelling and MyAir data portal enables ABP to monitor, analyse, and make informed decisions on how to outperform national ambient air quality objectives and make its ports sustainable.

This is particularly important in ports located near urban centres, such as Southampton.

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The Zephyr monitors take live measurements of harmful gases and particulates in the air, such as nitrogen dioxide (NO2), nitric oxide (NO), ozone (O3) and particulate matter (PM1, PM2.5, PM10).

Pollution measurements are then supplemented by MappAir modelling data, which provides context for locations where monitors have not been deployed.

Air quality data can be accessed, analysed, and downloaded through MyAir, which is available for businesses and local authorities to deliver live portals for the public to understand air quality in their area.

In May 2023, Logistics, supply chain and storage company, NW Trading Limited (NWT), agreed a long-term deal with ABP for the All Weather Terminal at the Port of Hull.

More recently, ABP has announced a deal to investigate an area for the development of infrastructure to support offshore wind (OSW) manufacturing.

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