Leading the way as an EcoPort

The sea is always near-by, if not inside, every port and that brings with it extreme weather conditions from wind and waves. Climate change brought about by global warming means sea level rise and hotter summers, but it also means bigger and more frequent storms, bigger waves and stronger winds. In recent months, heavy storms have damaged our sheds and fences (pictured – now fixed!) with dramatic consequences. Damage caused by climate change is a real issue facing every port, including ours and this is one of the challenges our newly appointed Director of Infrastructure & Climate Change, Tony Parker has been tasked to manage.  

Combatting Climate Change

storm damageTo combat the effects of increased storminess and sea level rise, we are working on two fronts. Firstly, in partnership with Brighton & Hove City, Adur & Worthing Council and the Environment Agency to install a complete, up-rated coast protection scheme with higher and better seawalls and rock revetments and stronger groynes to keep the beach in place. Closer to home on the ship lock, we are planning a new ship lock with gates that can resist sea level rise more effectively.

EcoPort Status

DSC01244We continually assess our environmental impact to develop strategies that will improve our carbon footprint. In March, we were re-certified as an EcoPort after our initial Port Environmental Review System award in 2013. This accreditation is presented by the European Sea Ports Organisation and means that we continue to be a member of the EcoPorts network, only one of eleven ports in the UK to hold EcoPort status.

Green Energy & Air Quality

659 wind turbinesWe now boast two wind turbines and over 9,000 solar panels on the Port. The turbines will on average produce at least 555,000 kWh of electricity annually, matching the energy demand of the Port’s Pump House. Transport is a significant source of the pollutants that damage the quality of the air we breathe, especially close to busy roads.  Our wind turbines and solar panels already reduce the amount of carbon in the air by 4,600 tonnes per year, but we want to do much more to improve air quality in the future.

A Bright Future

03.19 sunset photo tony outer lay-byPorts are part of our essential national transport infrastructure – ‘intermodal hubs’ in industry jargon, where goods transfer between ships and trucks or trains. While essential for our economy, we recognise ports must acknowledge their impact on the environment and show a genuine commitment to meeting important environmental responsibilities now and for future generations.

Tony Parker, Director of Infrastructure and Climate Change commented "The future looks bright at Shoreham Port – however there is still much work that can be done to reduce our CO2 emissions, improve air quality and prepare for further extreme weather conditions. In addition to all the engineering we need to do in the normal run of events, we intend to develop a huge new coast protection scheme and a new ship lock; increase our production of green energy and reduce the amount of fossil fuels used on the Port. We also want to do everything we can to improve air quality in our neighbourhood."