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Dover zeros in on carbon, waste and accidents

[ June 1, 2022   //   ]

The port of Dover has announced a series of continuous improvement targets that will drive a zero-harm approach to its activities, to mark World Environment Day. These are in addition to its carbon reduction targets announced earlier.

The targets include zero reportable injuries from port activity, waste to landfill, pollution events, single-use plastics and air quality impact. Public events on the port estate will also be zero-impact and projects will also be zero-carbon.

The targets are shaped by the Port’s commitment to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals, a number of which have been identified as priority areas to which the port can make a particular contribution

Doug Bannister, said:  “For such an intensive operation as ours, we already have a strong track record across the business in managing our activities responsibly.  However, as a critical international gateway, a major employer and a centre of local economic activity, we know that we have an even greater responsibility in leading the way toward a zero-harm future.  This will provide the sustainable resilience needed for our future success and that of our customers, community and the wider industry.”

Dover’s Head of Safety, Quality and Environment, Vicki Beatty, added: “Working across the port community – including with our customers, tenants, contractors and staff – we are proud of the challenging targets we have now set ourselves. 

“It’s the right and responsible thing to do, but as well as setting industry-leading targets, we must also lead by how we strive to meet them. 

“I look forward to that task, and continuing to develop the necessary partnerships with industry, academia and government that will ensure Dover receives the support needed to deliver.”