ABP tops UK leaderboard of companies committed to solar power

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Associated British Ports successfully lands the number one spot on solar investment leaderboard. 

According to research revealed by solar installer, Project Solar UK, ABP has shown the biggest commitment to solar power at the start of 2021.

To date 17 of ABP’s 21 ports have renewable energy generation projects, providing clean power for ABP and its customers. Over six years, ABP has reduced its absolute greenhouse gas emissions by a staggering 27%.

The Port of Hull’s recent unveiling of the UK’s largest rooftop system provided the edge over other companies in the leaderboard, that included Marks and Spencer, Tesco and Amazon; securing ABP first position according to Project Solar UK. The array produces 6.5MW saving ABP 2,600 tonnes of CO2e per annum, which equates to the energy needs of 1,450 average UK homes.

Simon Bird, Regional Director at ABP Humber, said: “The company has strongly committed to lowering its emissions by investing in renewable energy and electrified equipment for port operations. It is welcome news that Project Solar UK’s research has ranked ABP at the top of its leaderboard. The Hull Solar Array is a remarkable scheme not just for its size, but also the necessary engineering innovation undertaken by ABP’s team, and the contractors for the project, Custom Solar.

“Across the UK, ABP is accelerating green energy generation and storage for port operations and new manufacturing sites within its ports. With solar installations now at the Ports of Immingham, Hull and Goole, our next focus here on the Humber will be the Port of Grimsby.”   

ABP is committed to creating and maintaining our place in our customers sustainable supply chains, and renewable power is at the heart of that, cementing our mission to ‘Keep Britain Trading’ well into our Green future.”

In 2019, ABP’s renewable schemes generated 22GWh of green electricity, which is 17% more than the previous year. 18.8% of the electricity ABP used in 2019 was from on-site renewables. 2.4GWh of ABP generated renewable electricity was used by the company’s customers, and 7.2GWh exported to the UK grid.