One of the electric vehicle charging points at Port House, Hull
The Humber ports are turning greener as investment pours into electric vehicle (EV) charging points.
Multiple EV schemes are being rolled out by Associated British Ports (ABP)with Port House, Hull the first to be completed. Eight vehicle charging points have been installed in the staff car park.
These will be available to visitors, as well as ABP employees and a further eight chargers are being installed at Immingham Dock Office with completion expected by February.
Simon Bird, Director in the Humber, said: “This investment of £150,000 into this infrastructure is critical for lowering our carbon emissions. Our ambition is to keep reducing emissions and the Humber ports are leading the way in supporting sustainability and investing in new green port equipment.
“Longer term we are looking at renewables and how they can be used to power the port. We already have the UK’s largest array of solar panels at the port of Hull and we’re leading the way commercially.”
There are plans for installation of further EV charging points for both employee and visitor use across the Humber ports, along with the installation of EV chargers for plant and equipment as ABP transitions from diesel to electric technology.
In addition, the Marine team are trialling the use of new electric cars for the transportation of the Pilots around the four Humber ports of Grimsby, Immingham, Goole, and Hull. These points will be installed at Grimsby Marine Control Centre by the end March.
17 of ABP’s 21 ports have renewable energy generation projects, providing clean power for ABP and its customers. The Humber ports are producing more than 25% of its energy use from renewables (solar).