Shoreham Port overjoyed with top eco-award win

Peter Davies, left, with Paul Johnson holding the new eco-award plaque for Shoreham Port SUS-150518-144407001

Peter Davies, left, with Paul Johnson holding the new eco-award plaque for Shoreham Port SUS-150518-144407001

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SHOREHAM PORT is celebrating being one of the greenest in the land after it retained a prestigious environmental award.

The facility was once again presented with the eco-port title by the European Sea Ports Organisation – one which it will now hold for a further two years.

Shoreham is now one of only 11 ports in the UK to hold such an accolade.

Paul Johnson, the port’s safety and HR director, was overjoyed by the award and said: “We are delighted to have been audited to the Port Environmental Review System standard and to have achieved accreditation for the second time.”

Despite earning the honour, the port’s environmental credentials will be continually assessed to see whether the facility is developing future strategies to improve its carbon footprint.

Mr Johnson added: “Environmental improvements are a key element of our business plan and we have some exciting developments taking place this year to strengthen the sustainability of the port.”

There are plenty of ideas already in the pipeline to further boost the port’s green ethos.

At the beginning of the year, the site was granted planning permission to build two new wind turbines.

The turbines will, on average, be capable of producing 555,000 kWh of electricity annually, matching the energy demand of the port’s pump house.

The port is also working closely with the Brighton Energy Co-operative on plans to add another set of solar panels, adding to the 2,000 solar panels already installed.

Peter Davies, the port’s development director, said: “We are making significant steps in improving the carbon footprint of the port.

“Ultimately, our goal is to ensure that the port is sustainable and will be here serving the community for many years to come.”

A public meeting will be held, for those keen to find out more about the port’s future plans, on July 7, at the Barn Theatre, at Southwick Community Centre, in Southwick Street, Southwick.

For full details about the meeting, visit www.shoreham-port.co.uk/publicmeeting