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If you would like to contact us regarding Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), please contact the Corporate Affairs team:
Tel: +44 (0) 1304 240 400 Ext. 4410
Minimising Environmental Impact
The Port of Dover is committed to pro-actively managing and delivering a sustainable port operation that will minimise environmental impacts, promote good environmental practice and ensure the service of the Port's future generations.
The environmental challenges of the Port are more likely to be overcome if the Port community works together. An ethic of “compliance plus” has therefore been embedded by promoting a culture of environmental awareness and corporate social responsibility amongst all staff and Port users.
The Port of Dover was the first port in Europe to be certified for its Environmental Management System (EMS) through the Ports Environmental Review System (PERS) in 2002. The Port’s EMS identifies and controls the significant environmental aspects and impacts of its operations and delivers environmental objectives and targets to reduce the impacts of those activities. In 2008, the Port was certified to the internationally recognised ISO14001 standard which requires demonstration of continual improvement in environmental performance. The Port still maintains this standard.
Reducing the Port community's carbon footprint is important and the Port of Dover consistently works to reduce the carbon output from its operations.
The Port participates in the Government’s Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme, which aims to improve energy efficiency and cut emissions in large public and private sector companies in the UK.
The Port of Dover is a Carbon Trust standard bearer that has achieved a 28% carbon reduction since the carbon management programme commenced in 2006.
The energy used to power, heat and cool the Port is the predominant emissions source in its carbon footprint. As a result, the top priority is to tackle energy consumption and the Port has a yearly 5% reduction target. To achieve this, the Port:
- Promotes a positive environmental culture, encouraging behavioural changes in staff.
- Embeds the principle of sustainability into the management of assets and the procurement process.
The Port of Dover is a partner in a European Interreg IVB tidal energy project called Pro-Tide. Within the project, the Port is investigating the feasibility of a tidal energy power station, testing smaller scale devices in a commercial location. The feasibility will cover the economic, environmental and practical aspects of a small scale array.
In order to safeguard the Port environment the Port of Dover carries out extensive pollution prevention training. This training aims to increase staff awareness and the reporting of environmental occurrences.
As part of the Port’s commitment to preventing pollution, a high level of preparation is maintained in order to cope with any incident in the Port liable to cause environmental harm. Pollution incidents are monitored and managed through an occurrence reporting system in order to do this, which allows trends to be examined and ensures that training and equipment are appropriate.
The Port of Dover is focused on improving its waste management process with most of its waste streams being sent for recycling or reuse. The Port of Dover continues to look for improvements in the management of the general waste stream produced from port operations, increasing landfill avoidance through the expansion of recycling initiatives and achieving energy production from waste through incineration.
The Port of Dover also works with its contractors to ensure that the works carried out on behalf of the Port also achieve good environmental performance.
The Port works to reduce waste disposal and promote waste reduction, reuse and recycling measures by implementing the waste hierarchy, which sets out five steps for dealing with waste. Ranked in descending order of environmental preference they are: prevention, preparation for reuse, recycling, other recovery and finally disposal.
Aware of the amenity value of the water within the harbour, the Port of Dover works to achieve inclusion in the Marine Conservation Society's Good Beach Guide for monitoring and achieving good water quality within the bathing area of the Port so that everybody can continue to enjoy the Port environment safely. The results from this survey are published on the seafront.
Cleanliness beyond the harbour
The Port recognises that marine litter is a significant threat to the marine environment as well as impacting on community amenities. To help combat the issue locally in Dover, each year the Port supports the White Cliffs Countryside Partnership Shakespeare Beach Survey and Beach Clean as part of the Marine Conservation Society’s (MCS) Beachwatch Big Weekend.
Noise, Light and Air
The Port of Dover works with its partners to reduce noise, light and air pollution within and around the Port. Employing modern equipment, pollution levels are regularly monitored.
The Port of Dover has a formalised Sustainable Development Policy in order to provide a framework by which the sustainability of port development projects can be measured. The Port of Dover strives to ensure a sustainable approach to all Port projects. The Environmental Team reviews all major expenditure proposals in order to ensure that they align with the Board’s Environmental Policy.