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We believe that working in a sustainable and responsible way is essential to building a strong business for our customers, our people and our society.

Our World, Our Future is our global programme to bring sustainability into every aspect of our work.

Our commitments

We are investing in the long term in our business around the world, driving best practice, investing in innovation and measuring our progress, always seeking to do more. We focus on four commitments to:

  • Minimise impacts on our environment by better managing natural resources and emissions
  • Invest in our people by embracing diversity, encouraging personal development and providing them with the tools to drive change
  • Ensure the safety of our people and strive for zero harm at work
  • Build a vibrant, secure and resilient society through strategic investment in the issues that affect our people and our industry

We look for ways to innovate and improve across all of our commitments. We are dedicated to sharing what we do with our customers, suppliers and partners to encourage sustainable practice.

Our sustainability approach

In 2019, DPWS signed a pledge supporting Southampton City Council’s vision for the Green City Charter. The vision is to create a cleaner, green, healthier and more sustainable city. As part of our commitment to protecting our world and our future, we have produced a summary of our approach to sustainability and our current initiatives. 



Reducing emissions

Way back in 2005, DPWS was the first container terminal operator in Europe to introduce a vehicle booking system. Refined over the years, this innovation at the Port of Southampton has continued to reduce congestion and emissions within the area.

It is just one example of the company’s determination to be ahead of the curve when it comes to enhancing the environment in which it operates.

More than half the HGVs visiting the port are Euro VI compliant, meeting European standards for acceptable levels of exhaust emissions while up to 40% of containers arriving at Southampton enter or leave by rail which means that the port handles more boxes by rail than any other UK container terminal.


'Green charge'

In 2020, DP World will be the first port in the UK to introduce a ‘green’ charge on older HGVs to pick up or drop off a container.  It is part of a number of measures the company is taking to help improve air quality including the introduction of hybrid electric straddle carriers

Hybrid upgrade

As part of a planned programme of investment, DP World Southampton is upgrading and modernising its straddle carrier fleet.  The latest batch of carriers – which pick up and drop off the containers between the ships and road or rail – are hybrid electric machines.   Twelve machines began operation in June 2019 with a further 12 machines being introduced by the end of 2019.  This means, by 2020, DP World will have reduced its NOx emissions by half.



Being more efficient

Charged by parent company (DP World), with reducing CO2 emissions through decreased energy consumption, DPWS has achieved a 4.3% drop in CO2 emissions since 2008 despite handling more cargo.

This has been achieved partly through operational efficiencies but primarily through the constant upgrading of its plant to more fuel-efficient vehicles, hybrid or all-electric vehicles.

As part of a planned maintenance and replacement programme, tyre pressures are constantly monitored along with other elements to ensure optimum performance to reduce consumption and therefore emissions and cost. 

Tyres are remoulded and recycled, reducing the need to purchase new ones – another environmental bonus.   New tyre purchases have fallen by nearly 50% over the past 12 years which has also halved the carbon footprint associated with tyre procurement and use in the process.

All quay cranes are electric-powered and re-generate power during the load/discharge cycle, with any excess fed back into the port’s electrical substation.

DPWS is evaluating alternative fuel options and, at another DP World terminal, the group is trialling all electric options. 

It has now begun to introduce electric berth vehicles for staff transportation and will be replacing all the empty container carriers (forklift trucks) with the newest on the market over the next couple of years.

Continuous improvement

Even though DPWS has achieved significant increases in the volume of its business through its Southampton terminal – the second-largest in the UK, its overall fleet has actually reduced through the use of more efficient vehicles, fleet management and maintenance.

It also runs a programme to persuade staff to change from diesel or petrol cars to electric cars or bikes. Earlier this year, it arranged for Nissan to enable its staff to test-drive electric vehicles.

It has introduced LED lighting, water-saving systems, removed CFCs and upgraded to a more energy-saving air-conditioning system. 

It has also trialled a small project to put solar panels on a security building.  If this proves successful, it will expand the scheme – in conjunction with its electrical supplier, ABP - to other buildings.

DPWS is committed to being part of a sustainable operation for the port and the city so also puts a strong emphasis on waste reduction and recycling (running at more than 90%) down to ensuring that all the egg-boxes it uses go to a local farmer for re-use rather than landfill.