Supply chains must work together towards decarbonisation: DP World


The entire supply chain must work together to accelerate the journey towards a more sustainable international logistics network, according to DP World in the UK.

Revealing the company’s “greenest year ever” at its Southampton logistics hub, DP World in the UK’s Commercial Supply Chain Director John Trenchard said:v “We simply do not have a choice and we must make strong strides quickly and together.”

Speaking in a video presentation for the London Talks series, in advance of London International Shipping Week 2023, Mr Trenchard outlined the measures DP World in the UK is taking towards a greener future. These include:

• The Modal Shift programme at its Southampton logistics hub which financially incentivises DP World in the UK’s customers to move cargo by rail over road. The scheme has the potential to prevent an estimated 30,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions from downstream transport activities, with DP World in the UK aiming for a 40% transfer from road to rail by 2025.
• The Port-to-Port rail service linking DP World in the UK’s London Gateway and Southampton logistic hubs launched last year, which has already reduced emissions by up to 80%.
• The adoption of Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) at DP World in the UK’s Southampton logistics hub, which has reduced carbon emissions by 90% compared to 2021, saving 14,000 tonnes of carbon – the equivalent of taking more than 8,000 family cars off the roads.
• The implementation of solar panels at DP World in the UK’s London Gateway and Southampton logistic hubs which have generated over 30 megawatt hours in the first two months of usage.
• The construction of DP World in the UK’s first all-electric fourth berth at London Gateway, at a cost of some £350m, which is due for completion in 2024.

DP World in the UK aims to be carbon neutral by 2040 and has a clear roadmap to achieve net zero by 2050. In his video presentation, Mr Trenchard commented: “While these initiatives are costly, they are a core part of mitigating risk in the future.”

To view DP World in the UK’s LISW23 London Talks video please click here.

London International Shipping Week will be held in the week of September 11-15, 2023 and will host the international maritime community, with hundreds of events attracting thousands of international industry decision makers into London during the week. The LISW23 Headline Conference will be held on Wednesday September 13th, and the LISW23 Gala Dinner will be held on Thursday September 14th.

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