Thursday, October 15, 2015

Container Port and Logistics Park Environmental Team Meet the Community

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UK – Last month saw a concerted effort by the world’s leading port terminal operators join forces to promote environmental awareness and make a sustainable difference in the communities where they have terminals in operation. Britain’s latest deep water container port, DP World’s London Gateway, has had to concentrate on such matters since the idea for a new Thames side port was first mooted and September saw the port and logistics park team explain the environmental issues faced by the ocean freight shipping industry, and the role DP World London Gateway continues to play, for the benefit of the environment.

The week-long Global Go Green campaign saw the DP World staff presenting more than 170 pupils at St Clere’s, a secondary school in Stanford-le-Hope, with an outline of the huge environmental programme undertaken by DP World since 2004. The following day, a six-strong team of volunteers from the port and logistics park joined Year 9 pupils at St Clere’s to help create an outdoor learning space within a wooded area on the school’s grounds. This project followed on from the creation of a sensory garden at the secondary school last year, which was constructed using end-of-life building materials donated by the port and logistics park.

During construction of the UK’s newest deep-sea terminal and what is set to become Europe’s largest logistics park, DP World has undertaken a huge environmental programme. For example, more than 320,000 animals were moved from the port and park site into new habitats such as Stanford Wharf Nature Reserve, an intertidal mud-flat adjacent to the port. It also conducted the largest marine monitoring programme in Europe as a 60 mile channel of the River Thames was dredged to enable the world’s largest container ships to dock just 25 miles from central London.

As part of the Go Green initiative these facts were outlined to students at South Essex College who are studying Supply Chain & Logistics and Business Ethics courses and Tom Coulter, Environment Technical Coordinator, DP World London Gateway, said:

“The Go Green campaign week was a great success. It provided an opportunity for us to engage with the community in which we operate, with local schools and colleges and to work with them to improve their own environments. It also gave us the chance to discuss in more detail the huge environmental project we have undertaken before and during construction of the London Gateway port and logistics park.”

A video of some of the work undertaken is available here and Jacquie Ashdown, Environmental Science Coordinator, St Clere’s School, commented:

“The links established between DP World London Gateway and our school have played an important part in our students’ learning and we were pleased to be involved in the Go Green campaign. There was a lot of very positive feedback from our students who thoroughly enjoyed the day. It was certainly a success and we look forward to getting involved in future activities with DP World London Gateway.”