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We’re excited about our bold air quality plans to tackle emissions and carbon reduction – it’s important we do what we can as an industry, for our city and which will ultimately help us to become one of the UK’s first zero emission ports.

Our plans, which aim to improve air quality and reduce our carbon footprint, have been put together with the government’s Maritime 2050 strategy in mind.

Most importantly, to make sure our plans have an impact, we will be open and transparent with our air quality monitoring data. This means investing in the latest technology to capture what’s happening at the port and what’s having an effect.

We're also a committed and active member of the Portsmouth Climate Action Board. The board was set up by the local authority in 2019 to help drive the city's response to the climate emergency. Please visit their website to find out more about them.


  • Port air quality and carbon strategy - we've submitted our air quality and carbon action plan to the Department of Transport, which can be downloaded here.
  • On shore wind turbines – up to three, 38m turbines, would contribute towards the port becoming energy self sufficient
  • Solar panels – generating energy from an increased number of locations across the port over the next 12 months to produce a further 1MW of renewable energy
  • Shore power – subject to capital funding, we could provide power for our customers’ ships to plug-in to, meaning they wouldn’t have to burn fuel in port
  • Low emissions vehicles – electric vehicles and charging points, coupled with a requirement that contractors bringing cars on site must comply with our Euro 6 standard
  • Shuttle buses will be required to be Euro 6 compliant when the contract is renewed.

Sustainability is important for our customers too

  • Brittany Ferries is introducing new, more efficient ships, some of which will run on LNG (liquefied natural gas). 

What we’re already doing                

  • Portsmouth is within a SECA (Sulphur Emission Control Area) which requires sulphur content of all bunker fuel to be below 0.1%. This is why devices on ships called scrubbers, are fitted to remove particulate matter and harmful components, such as sulphur oxides (SOx) and nitrogen oxides (NOx). Alternatively, ships use just high grade MGO (Marine Gas Oil) instead, to keep the emissions below the 0.1% level.
  • We have one of the UK’s most sustainable and energy efficient public buildings, which has achieved a ‘very good’ rating under the international environmental BREEAM standard. Innovative technology includes sea water harvesting used to flush toilets and regulate temperature in the building. Wind capture is also utilised on the roof
  • Portico, who operate the international cargo terminal at port, have invested in a fleet of electric forklift trucks.
  • Investment in LED floodlighting around the port which has reduced the amount of energy used for that purpose by around 60%. 
  • The opening of the Trafalgar Gate Link Road had reduced millions of miles of commuter and lorry travel each year since its introduction. Prior to Trafalgar Gate being opened, all traffic for Portico and Portsmouth Naval Base had to travel into the city.
  • The new sustainable linkspan at Berth 4, installed as part of the Interreg 2 Seas Ports Energy and Carbon Savings project, has soft start electric motors, LED lighting and steel of greater quality to increase longevity from 25 years to 35 years.