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Napier Port is committed to operating our business in a sustainable way

While we’re delivering for our customers, we’re focused on ensuring that in everything we do, we consider the impact on the land, sea and air around us. 

In this way, we aim to protect the harbour so that it can continue to thrive and be enjoyed for generations to come.

We’re on a journey of continuous improvement and we work hard to improve our environmental, social and economic performance by identifying and managing risks and finding opportunities to use our resources more efficiently.

Through new environmental monitoring and measuring programmes, we’re growing our understanding of the complex environment we operate in.  The more we know, the better equipped we are to find more environmentally-friendly solutions for our business.

We’ve been measuring our fuel consumption, waste volumes and carbon footprint, and we’re working hard to reduce all three.

Waste management

Reducing our impact on the environment means returning less waste back into it. Our operations generate many different types of waste, which can impact the environment if not managed properly. Napier Port introduced a waste management programme in 2010, and since that time we’ve reduced the volume of waste going to landfill by 75%.

It’s all about increasing the proportion we recycle – through capability and education.  We’ve implemented segregated bins around the port to support recycling across general waste.  We’ve implemented a recycling programme for our road sweepings, which now go off-site to be used for compost rather than into landfill.  And we’ve worked closely with Ravensdown to enable our fertiliser sweepings to go back to Ravensdown for resale.

Total Recycling (Tonnes)

Towards a lighter carbon footprint

In order to be sustainable, it’s important for Napier Port to proactively manage our carbon footprint.

While the amount of fuel that we consume reflects the size and nature of our operations, we’re working hard to bring our consumption down. Through a programme of continuous improvement, we’re moving across to more efficient forklifts as we upgrade our heavy vehicle fleet.

To cater for the increasing volumes of refrigerated containers being handled through Napier Port every year, we’ve gone up – investing in more container towers. Storing refrigerated containers in a tower rather than on the ground means that we can power them from the grid, reducing our reliance on diesel-powered generators which come with a much higher carbon footprint.

We’ve also installed an electric vehicle recharging station, and have begun the transition to electric vehicles as we replace our fleet of light vehicles.

LED lights can demonstrably reduce electricity consumption, so we’ve begun a trial in certain areas of our operations. We want to understand whether these are able to provide the required level of illumination for operations and safety purposes, with a view to switching to this lower energy option where possible.

We’re continuously reviewing our operations and looking at ways to improve efficiencies to minimise and reduce our carbon footprint.

Carbon Emissions: tCO2e per TEU