Sustainable ports

Sustainable ports

Helping ports to reduce their environmental impacts and deliver sustainable growth

The environmental impacts of shipping present considerable challenges to port owners around the world. As global trade expands, levels of shipping activity are forecast to rise significantly, leading to increasing environmental challenges and associated adverse health impacts at and around ports and coastal locations.

The environmental impacts of ports generally fall into three categories:

  • Problems caused by general port activity.
  • Problems caused by ships calling at a port.
  • Environmental impacts associated with intermodal transport networks serving ports.

Ricardo has been working with port owners and operators for decades to help them understand their environmental impacts. Through our work, we have developed an in-depth understanding of the unique challenges that ports face and are ideally placed to help them manage these.

Our expertise includes:

  • Port operations and their environmental impacts.
  • Environmental and sustainability advice to maritime operations.
  • Marine engine technologies.
  • Development of environmental modelling and assessment of mitigation scenarios.
  • Pollution measurements to help build the pollution evidence base and track the impact of mitigation measures.
  • Utility usage modelling and optimisation of waste management to control costs.

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Case studies

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Our services

Air quality

  • Compiling air pollutant emission inventories to understand the sources of pollution, and target and assess the impact of improvement measures.
  • Design, install, operate, manage and quality-assure air quality measurement solutions to support compliance reporting, and occupational and public exposure studies.
  • Detailed dispersion modelling to assess current and future air quality, and the impact of improvement strategies.
  • Best practice mitigation advice and an up-to-date knowledge of emerging technologies.
  • Odour and dust assessment.

 

Sustainable transport

  • Port vehicle fleet analysis, alternative fuels (such as hydrogen) and electric vehicle options appraisal, refuelling/recharging infrastructure planning and support, and fleet replacement strategies to help fleet operators reduce their emissions and costs.
  • Life-cycle greenhouse gas (GHG) and air pollutant emissions impacts, resource availability, using cost benefit analysis to compare alternatives.
  • Economic impacts assessments.
  • Port fleet operator engagement forums to share information and encourage vehicle operators to adopt low-emission vehicles.

 

Energy management

  • Energy strategies for ports to provide clear and coherent actions to cut energy costs, starting with the simplest and most cost-effective investments.
  • Renewable energy options analysis to help reduce dependence on fossil fuels and mitigate the effects of energy price rises.

Low carbon operations

Port development, environmental impact assessment and regulatory support

  • Environmental permit application and regulatory support including liaising with key regulatory stakeholders.
  • Port environmental monitoring for environmental permit compliance.
  • Port development and expansion support, including preparing Environmental Impact Assessment, and supporting port owners with planning applications and discharging planning conditions.

Management of chemical risk

  • Providing around-the-clock chemical emergency advice to support port authorities when responding to incidents involving chemicals. Our chemical emergency response team supports material identification, and initial risk assessments and development. The team will also sense check a response plan.
  • Our chemical hazards database, Chemdata®, contains information on over 61,000 substances and provides relevant, actionable and propionate advice at an incident scene. It is available for use on desktop and mobile devices.
  • Business continuity, incident notification and emergency response training, exercising and consultancy services.

Water

  • Monitoring and assessing water discharges to support the achievement of regulatory compliance.
  • Oil weathering and dispersant testing.
  • Environmental permit application and regulatory support, including liaison with key regulatory authorities.
  • Delivering in-house planning and Environmental Impact Assessment expertise to support port development and expansion.
  • Conducting ballast water management and Strategic Environmental Assessments (SEA).
  • Marine environmental baseline surveys to support ecological protection and port planning and development.

Resource efficiency and waste management

Sustainable Port Case studies

Developing and enhancing the UK Ship Emissions Inventory

Developing and enhancing the UK Ship Emissions Inventory

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Design of low cost, low emission marine propulsion systems

Design of low cost, low emission marine propulsion systems

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Volatile organic compounds and odour from bunkering operations

Volatile organic compounds and odour from bunkering operations

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Low emission strategy support - delivering high-quality evidence

Low emission strategy support - delivering high-quality evidence

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Poole Harbour macroalgal harvest – pilot study design

Poole Harbour macroalgal harvest – pilot study design

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Shipping emissions and renewable energy in ports

Shipping emissions and renewable energy in ports

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Impact of marine emissions regulation

Impact of marine emissions regulation

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Chemical incident support - NCEC emergency response practice

Chemical incident support - NCEC emergency response practice

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Baseline monitoring for London Gateway Port and Logistics Park

Baseline monitoring for London Gateway Port and Logistics Park

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