DP World has announced the installation of sunlight-converting photovoltaic panels at its UK London Gateway hub.
The panels were built on the canopy of the gatehouse building, through which 548,000 lorries a year enter the port.
This has generated 29.95 megawatt hours of electricity over the first two months and a highest daily peak of 120 kilowatt hours according to DP World.
The photovoltaic panels are the latest solution employed by DP World with the aim of achieving its net zero goal in the UK.
DP World’s £350 million ($441.4 million dollars) new fourth berth at London Gateway opens for business next summer as part of Thames Freeport and will be the first in Britain to be all-electric.
The company is also building some of the most sustainable warehouses yet built at the adjacent logistics park, with the target of delivering a 30 per cent carbon reduction during construction and a 40 per cent reduction in operational carbon emissions.
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Andrew Bowen, Chief Operating Officer at DP World, 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.
“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,” Bowen added.
Earlier this year, DP World’s Southampton terminal announced that it had delivered an absolute reduction of 55 per cent in net carbon emissions from its fleet
In 2022 DP World Southampton transitioned to Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) from fossil diesel, a renewable biodiesel derived from sustainable sources.