MEP learns about port’s eco-friendly scheme

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AN MEP visited Portsmouth International Port to see what has been done to increase the efficiency of its operations thanks to EU grants.

The port and freight operators MMD are partners in a €9.1m project across five European member states to reduce the carbon footprint of transport operations.

Green MEP Keith Taylor visited to learn about how the port has installed 4,500 solar panels to help reduce its impact on the environment.

It has led to the port reducing its CO2 emissions by 72,000kgs each year.

Mr Taylor, who represents south east England, said:

‘Efficient and sustainable movement of freight within Europe is vital to the environmental, social and economic welfare of the region.

‘One example of how to enhance freight logistics is to work smarter using technology to improve transports’ efficiency.

‘This is a really good example of EU money being used to bolster and improve freight transport and help guarantee 170 plus jobs in Portsmouth.

‘The visit to the port was fascinating, and I was very impressed to see that the Port are getting to grips with the huge environmental challenges we face.’

Mark Webb, group port accountant from Portsmouth International Port, said: ‘The EU funding through the Weastflows Interreg project has enabled us to introduce technology that has improved efficiency and overcome some of the negative effects of freight transport.’