Thursday, November 8, 2018

Temperature Controlled Facility Wins More Sustainable Credit for Container Port and Logistics Park

Thames Side DP World London Gateway Recognised Three Times This Year
Shipping News Feature
UK – The bespoke temperature controlled warehouse constructed at the DP World London Gateway Logistics Park which was handed over in June has become the latest development at the site to receive Planet Mark ™ accreditation. This is actually the third time the deep water Thames side container port has seen such an accolade this year.

The Halo Handling warehouse where the fruit specialist SH Pratt Group’s new venture for temperature controlled produce is based, achieved a 16% reduction in carbon emissions during the build, which resulted in the facility being awarded the internationally recognised and trusted certification acknowledging commitment to continuous improvement in sustainability.

Recognition for the building comes as Emma Cowper, Sustainability Manager at DP World London Gateway was awarded Sustainability Influencer of the Year at the inaugural Planet Mark Awards (Thursday October 11). The accolade goes to an individual that has made an outstanding contribution towards raising awareness of sustainability.

Meanwhile a Planet Mark™ report earlier this year also found that DP World London Gateway Port reduced its carbon emissions by 10.5% per TEU from 2016 to 2017. This devotion to sustainability is deliberately targeted to ensure those businesses using DP World London Gateway can be assured that their supply chains are more environmentally friendly when using this increasingly busy piece in the jigsaw of UK infrastructure.

The temperature controlled facility achieved carbon reductions during the build by various means, such as making use of sand dredged from the River Thames during pre-construction of the port to raise the ground level by two metres, by using steel instead of concrete for ground beams; and by installing flooring made from 20-44% recycled content.

DP World London Gateway and Readie Construction, the principle contractor for the facility, also worked together to deliver a workshop for the ‘Eden Project’ at local Primary School, Laindon Park. The project involved over 100 pupils in an assembly and a workshop on reducing our carbon footprint. Speaking about his own company's project, Robert Wells, Chairman SH Pratt Group, commented:

“It is fitting that the build of our new, fully-focused handling facility, due to open next month, has obtained Planet Mark accreditation. Our choice of location at DP World London Gateway, will itself reduce the number of trucks on the road and thus carbon emissions, as the location combines warehouse space right beside an integrated deep sea container port, within 28 miles of central London and also adjacent to all main access roads.

“We are confident that, as well as a positive environmental impact, this location, along with our new high-tech temperature controlled equipment will pass on tangible savings to our customers and reduce demurrage by rapid turnaround.”

Since its original conception of a deep water port and logistics collective in a key location on the capital’s river, DP World has always had environmental and sustainable aims. The site was heavily polluted by generations of oil refining meaning huge quantities of poisonous topsoil had to be removed, whilst a colossal exercise to rehome a variety of wildlife and replace habitat was undertaken.

Underlining this commitment to operating sustainably, the port itself was awarded a Planet Mark™ in 2016. The certification was based on DP World London Gateway Port’s commitment to reduce its carbon emissions by a minimum of 2.5% per TEU. The report published earlier this year by Planet Mark™ calculated the port reduced its carbon emissions by 10.5% in 2017, compared with 2016. In part, this reduction has come about through trialling a fully electric shuttle carrier and prioritising use of hybrid shuttle carriers to reduce the amount of red diesel used.

The port is also working closely with shipping lines to ensure they know which berths a vessel is going to use, so containers can be placed in the adjacent automated stacking crane (ASC) stacks. This approach is again reducing red diesel consumption because shuttle carriers only move containers between adjacent berths and ASC stacks. Steve Malkin, CEO, CEO of Planet First and co-founder of The Planet Mark, said:

“This new warehouse at DP World London Gateway has achieved an outstanding result in making The Planet Mark certification. It signifies positive impacts for society and the environment. It has not only reduced its whole-life carbon emissions, it has reduced waste, energy and water through a sustainable specification, design and build.

“We’ve been working with DP World London Gateway for several years now and it’s a partnership that is delivering results when it comes to reducing carbon emissions, both through construction and operations. To see that, as the port grows its carbon impact is reducing, is reassuring and uplifting. Given so much of what we buy touches ports and warehouses, the fact that DP World is working hard to reduce its carbon use and take the lead on sustainability initiatives means that our everyday goods are arriving with less impact on the environment.”

Speaking about the company’s achievements, Chris Lewis, UK CEO, DP World, reiterated the principals which have underlined the group ethos and congratulated his staff on their continuing commitment, saying:

“DP World is fully committed to operating and developing in the most sustainable ways, which in turn means its customers, neighbours and other stakeholders can benefit from a greener, more resourceful facility. Planet Mark accreditation is one indicator of this and I’m pleased that another of the Logistics Park buildings has received accreditation, that initiatives on the port to reduce carbon emissions are making a difference, and that the whole teams efforts in operating the business more sustainably have been recognised through Emma’s award.

“The port is intentionally designed with its Logistics Park on the same site as the terminal, offering shippers a highly flexible opportunity to consolidate and sort products for onward distribution just a few hundred yards from the quay side, significantly reducing the number of trucks on the road and lowering carbon emissions.

“But by using less carbon emissions in construction across the port and the Logistics Park and by reducing the amount of carbon we use in operations, we can make a vital contribution to facilitate trade in the greenest, most efficient ways.”

Photo: Steve Malkin, CEO, of Planet Mark™ flanked by DP World London Gateway’s interim environment manager Thomas Coulter and Emma Cowper, Sustainability Manager.