Forth Ports recognises the importance of operating in a responsible manner within the generally accepted principles of sustainable development. The land and estuaries that we manage are valuable natural assets socially, economically and environmentally. Being a responsible company we continue to review our operations to ensure that we minimise our impact on the environment and operate efficiently. In doing so, we assist the UK and Scottish Governments in their ambitious targets to reduce emissions and work towards limiting human induced climate change, while at the same time being a modern, essential part of the global supply chain.
We manage environmental risks and our performance through our environmental management systems. A significant proportion of our business retains the ISO14001 environmental management standard, including the Port of Tilbury, London Container Terminal, the Marine Division (including Forth and Tay Navigation Service, Pilotage and Forth Estuary Towage) and the Operations Department of the Port of Grangemouth.
Our approach to minimising our impact on climate change has been to focus on improving the energy efficiency of our activities and identifying and progressing opportunities for the generation of renewable energy on our estates. Each business across the Group is also working on projects to improve energy efficiency of their operations.
All of our locations are in close proximity to sites designated as important for conservation; our activities generally pre-date the designation of these sites and continue to comfortably co-exist with the species that rely on these adjacent habitats.
Our statutory duties include the preparation and upgrading of oil spill and emergency plans for our Ports and Harbour Authority waters, and the maintenance of safe navigation to and from the facilities within our jurisdiction. The maintenance dredging we undertake has remained largely unchanged since the 1960s.
There is a drive across the Group to reduce the volume of waste to landfill.