Business & Economy
Port of Tyne drives up green commitment with charging point work
September 9, 2022
A port has ramped up a green pledge after making a “substantial” electric vehicle investment.
Port of Tyne has installed a number of charging points across its estate.
Bosses say the move will switch its large van fleet to battery power, and help workers cut their own carbon emissions.
The shift marks another step in making its Tyne 2050 strategy a reality, with the blueprint aiming to electrify the entire port by 2040.
The site worked with Consett-based Mer, which installed 11 units [one pictured below], including hubs in the port’s Maritime House headquarters and main ferry terminal.
Dominique Davies, group procurement manager, said: “This investment is part of our ongoing commitment to reduce emissions wherever possible.
“Mer listened to what we wanted and delivered cost-effective solutions tailored to our needs – for both our own fleet and for workplace charging.”
As well as installing charging points, the port’s Tyne 2050 strategy – which aims to reduce net greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2030 – has introduced LED lighting and asset and smart energy meters.
Karl Anders, Mer managing director, said: “Port of Tyne is a huge asset to the North East, so we’re very proud to be supporting its decarbonisation plans.
“Ports around the UK are looking at installing more chargers to meet the needs of their own electric vehicle fleets and growing demand for workplace charging from employees.”