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Port of Southampton home to the country’s first carbon neutral cruise terminal

ABP Southampton has completed a major milestone in a programme to invest more than £1
million in solar energy on ABP-owned buildings

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This latest phase of investment has seen more than 2,000 roof-mounted solar panels installed
on Ocean Terminal, the port’s largest cruise terminal. With its new carbon neutral status, the
building is now generating more electricity than it is consuming.

 

Working in partnership with Carnival UK whose cruise brands include P&O Cruises and
Cunard, this major milestone is one part of the wider plan for the port’s investment in
renewable energy and commitment to further improving the port’s overall environmental
performance.

 

The energy generated by the solar panels equates to an average of 584 kWh, which is
enough energy to power an electric car for 1.8M miles.

Solar panels at Ocean Terminal
Solar panels at Ocean Terminal

ABP Southampton director Alastair Welch said: “Managing our impact on the environment is
a serious and long-term commitment for us. We’re determined to do what we can alongside
our neighbours on the port to support measures that deliver cleaner air, cleaner water and
cleaner energy.

 

“We‘re constantly working to see how we can continue to create a better environment and
we’re delighted to have achieved carbon neutral status at the port’s largest cruise terminal.
This is a significant milestone following our latest investment in renewable energy.”

 

Carnival UK’s VP Port & Shore Operations Steven Young said: "This is a superb and very
commendable initiative. The solar panels are a very positive contribution to our overall
environmental agenda within the port."

 

The cruise industry’s image has taken a battering in recent years, and they are the worst polluters at berth of all shipping catergories, because of the power they need from their auxiliary engines for heating, cooling, air conditioning, lighting and so on - the bigger the ship, the bigger the polluter.

 

NABU, the influential German environmental organisation, published a cruise ship ranking last September covering all cruise ships currently sailing in Europe. Cunard’s QUEEN MARY 2, QUEEN ELIZABETH and QUEEN VICTORIA and P&O Cruises’ BRITANNIA were among a total of 52 vessels ranked in joint bottom place.

 

Carnival Cruises was ranked seventh out of 17 in the 2016 edition of the cruise lines index published every two years by Friends of the Earth, with an overall rating of ’D’ on an A-F scale. It scored ’F’ for sewage treatment and transparency, ’C-’ for air quality improvement and ’A’ for water quality.

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