Programme of Green Initiatives

Programme of Green Initiatives

  1. An Ecology Plan has been compiled and is designed to comply with the Port Masterplan 2017 by the fulfilment of one of its objectives - the environmental enhancement of port areas, working in partnership with local authorities and with the active participation of local communities. In the same vein, the Ecology Plan has been developed in accordance with Shoreham Port’s Environmental Policy Statement, and in line with the objectives of environmental protection and effective environmental port management of our EcoPort status. The Ecology Plan also supports the objectives of the Brighton and Lewes Downs Biosphere Management Strategy. In this framework, the Plan provides a coherent and thorough strategy, which will be used as planning and development guidance for the implementation of regeneration plans in specifically selected areas throughout the port. The Ecology Plan focusses on the most vulnerable areas with a high ecological value. The Ecology Plan identifies ten strategic sites for the assessment of physical attributes and functions and gives a brief description of the main characteristics of each area with a corresponding set of individual proposals.
  2. SPA is a member of the Brighton & Hove Travel Plan Partnership. A travel plan has been completed to promote smarter travel choices for both business travel and journeys to work.
  3. To sign up for the local cycle-to-work scheme and encourage all staff to find alternative modes of travel to cars and embrace cycles, trains and buses as their preferred mode of transport.
  4. Going paperless – we have replaced all office printers with one main printer on each floor of our major offices. The printers require a person to put in a code at the designated printer point to retrieve their printed work. This greatly reduces the amount of paper being printed each working day and reduces our electricity usage output. In addition to this, it ensures that our staff must get up from their workstation to collect printed work. Our board meetings are now paperless with all executives, senior leadership team members and non-executive directors using new tablets at all meetings rather than receiving printed board papers. It is envisaged that all meetings at the port will eventually become paperless, adopting the same practices as those of the board meetings. Our finance department has been tasked with looking at the true value of this paper-saving initiative and this figure will be released once enough data over a 12 month period has been collated.  There will, of course, be a corresponding carbon saving. We continue to review our waste recycling performance.
  5. Health & safety committee meeting has been widened to cover environmental issues.
  6. A compliance committee has been formed to ensure that the EMS is fit for purpose and that all environmental legislation/regulation governing Shoreham Port is up to date and current.
  7. Plan to carry on with our LED lighting programme.
  8. Continue to increase water quality monitoring.
  9. Environmental performance is now a consideration in procurement.
  10. We were a founder member of the Biosphere Partnership.
  11. An Ecology Study by an Environmental Master Student from Brighton University has been carried out and used to ensure that we comply with the port 2010 Master Plan.
  12. Will continue to take on students for short periods to undertake environmental projects.
  13. Continue to support Friends of Shoreham Fort.
  14. Starting to introduce “green” leases.
  15. We will promote higher sustainable building standards in new developments such as any new builds to our own and tenanted buildings. (Lady Bee and Hove Enterprise projects are a good example of this).
  16. We are continuing to look at the feasibility of implementing ‘Shore Power connection technology for vessels on some of our berths’ this is emerging as the most cost-effective means of reducing pollution from vessels at berth. A recommendation by the European Commission (2006/336/EC) highlights and describes shore connection technology as the optimal solution in terms of both cost savings and pollution control

Shoreham Port will continue to take advantage of funding opportunities to progress the strategy to ensure we make a substantial contribution to raising environmental standards, to tackling climate change and to help deliver a better environment.

Why not use other sources of renewable energy?

Shoreham Port does use additional sources of renewable energy. At the moment this takes the form of solar PV panels mounted on the roof of several buildings such as Hove Enterprise Centre Shed 3a, Shed 10 on Brighton Terminal and shed 9a on our Outer Layby Terminal, with plans for further installations in the future. In each case, the power is used as much as possible to meet local electricity requirements. With the Pump House having such a high electricity demand 24 hours per day, the use of wind generation is better suited to meet the needs of the Pump House, especially in mid-winter when daylight hours are short.

Shoreham Port have been investigating renewable energy generation for a number of years and are committed to expanding the use of embedded renewable energy projects where it can be demonstrated they can play a vital part in the sustainability of the port, including the possibility of water source heat pumps and district heating as well as further solar PV and wind turbine installations.

Can Shoreham Port take other measures to reduce its impact on the environment?

Shoreham Port has a long-term environmental and sustainability plan and has been taking action to reduce the impact of the Port on the environment for many years.

Shoreham Port endorses the principles of the European Sea Ports Organisation's (ESPO) Environmental Policy Code of Practice and has attained the ECOPORTS Port Environmental Review System (PERS) standard v2 (2017). The Port's Environmental Management System documentation is audited by Lloyds Register every two years, the last one being in May 2017.

Existing and proposed environmental measures include lower carbon emission from mobile plant and cranes, a green travel plan for staff and visitors, replacing lighting with LED and embracing both local and national green initiatives, monitoring air and water quality and when identified implementing control measures that endorse environmental ethics. Renewable energy generation projects form just one element within this long-term plan, albeit an important one.