COP26: Port Reaffirms Net Zero Commitments


The Port of Blyth has reaffirmed its commitment to the Government’s Net Zero targets on emissions on the eve of COP26, the global United Nations summit on climate change and how countries are planning to tackle it.

Through the launch of its Bates Clean Energy Terminal earlier in the year, the Port is busy developing a range of low carbon solutions for the site which, once completed, will represent an exemplar port development site featuring an array of low carbon initiatives such as an innovative mine water heating scheme, electric plant and machinery, solar power and energy innovation exploration in tandem with the adjacent Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult.

Now the Port is looking forward to both playing its part in the conference and to welcoming its first fully electric, mobile quayside crane as part of its decarbonisation strategy.

Martin Lawlor, Chief Executive of the Port of Blyth said: “We’re delighted to have been invited to take part in the conference to contribute to the debate on climate change and work alongside our colleagues across the ports sector to make impactful changes that will reduce our emissions.

As shown by our investment in the Bates Clean Energy Terminal, the Port of Blyth is serious about supporting measures that reduce damage to the environment and as evidence of that is looking forward to taking delivery of the first fully electric crane in our fleet in early 2022.”

Due to take place in November last year, COP26 was delayed for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic but will now go ahead in Glasgow with more than 200 world leaders due to attend. Click here for more info.

For more information on the Port’s commitment to decarbonisation, click here.