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Robert.Jervis_43227 Mar 03

Peel Ports to power freight carrying vehicles with greener fuels

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“Making incremental changes to reach our net zero ambitions by 2040”
One of the UK's largest port operators is to use greener alternative fuels for straddle carriers and plant equipment across the majority of its estate. Peel Ports will make what it described as an "industry leading" move by 31 March.
 
Having set a target to become a Net Zero port operator by 2040, Peel Ports has acted ahead of the UK government's change in legislation aimed at restricting the use of red diesels and other rebated biofuels.
 
The group's wheeled asset and procurement teams started the process to address the carbon emission challenge for its plant and straddle carriers about 12 months ago.
 
It worked closely with manufacturers such as JCB, Terberg and Combi-lift, among others. Testing with the new fuels started in November last year.
 
The transfer to greener fuels will see 45 per cent of Peel Ports' plant equipment fleet moved to Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO), with 29 per cent to electric throughout 2022. The group is working to move the remainder of its fleet to less polluting fuel alternatives as these become available.
 
The conversion of three million litres of diesel fuel to HVO will mean an annual carbon emission reduction of at least 70 per cent, or 5.5 thousand tonnes.
 
Lewis McIntyre, Managing Director of Ports Services at Peel Ports, said:

"We are working hard to become a greener Port operator and looking into everything we do, making incremental changes to reach our net zero ambitions by 2040.
 
"The change in legislation in rebated fuels provided an opportunity to address the powering of our plant equipment and a further move towards our carbon neutrality goals.
 
"While these transition fuels will offer a temporary improvement, they don't provide a long-term solution and we are already working with manufacturers and suppliers who are developing the next generation of sustainable land equipment for all our operations."
 
The port group has already replaced 50 per cent of its diesel vans with a new electric fleet in 2021. It has a planned renewal programme to either electrify or convert the rest of the fleet to cleaner fuels by the end of this year