As a responsible Harbour Authority, we apply best practice to ensure we minimise our impact on the environment and operate efficiently. We aim to mitigate potential environmental issues and ‘work with nature’ to deliver sustainable nature-based solutions to climate change impacts across some of our ports.
Peel Ports are progressive and proactive towards their marine environmental responsibilities. We achieve this through innovation, support, and the identification of cost-effective initiatives that deliver environmental improvements.
Our Group Marine team regularly investigates opportunities for beneficial re-use of dredge material and have established local Sediment Stakeholder Groups in Liverpool and Clyde to discuss and deliver sustainable solutions.
Our beneficial re-use projects have allowed us to work with a variety of regulatory bodies and external stakeholders to develop and deliver nature-based solutions for the disposal of our maintenance dredge material.
In 2018, our beneficial re-use project in Liverpool won an international PIANC Working with Nature Certificate in recognition for the success of the project using the ‘Working with Nature’ philosophy.
Following the successful implementation of our beneficial re-use program on the Mersey, Peel Ports have agreed on a site in Clydeport for a trial placement of dredge material and are working with Regulators to obtain a Marine License for the project, we are also discussing opportunities for beneficial re-use in Medway with RSPB.
Invasive Non-Native Species (INNS) pose a potential risk to the environment and our port operations. To help to minimise this risk and protect local environments from Invasive Non-Native Species, the Marine Team has developed several guidance documents to assist with the formulation of port-specific marine biosecurity plans.
Our Marine Team has held biosecurity workshops across our ports with external stakeholders to help understand the practical measures to control the spread of INNS within marine environments. We also risk assess internal projects to identify practical measures to reduce the risk of introducing INNS into our ports.
Peel Ports have collaborated with the Angling Trust to install ‘check-clean-dry’ signs around entrance and exit points across the Manchester Ship Canal to raise awareness of INNS presence amongst the Angling community and reduce their transfer during recreational activities.
Climate change is a growing business risk to the functionality of transport networks, including ports. The Marine Team are looking at possible climate change adaptation strategies in response to the latest climate change scenarios.
We regularly look for opportunities to reduce carbon emissions during our operational activities. Our Statutory Harbour Authority duty to maintain safe navigable depths means that we have a regular requirement for maintenance dredging.
Our beneficial re-use projects seek to reduce carbon emissions by reducing the distance dredged material is transported to licenced offshore disposal sites.
Peel Ports recognises the importance of operating sustainably whilst seeking to protect and enhance local habitats in our Ports.
Peel Ports have been working with RSPB in Medway to help protect one of the largest colonies of nesting Sandwich Terns on the East Coast of England at Burntwick Island.
During last summer’s lockdown, the island experienced an influx of visitors. Sandwich Terns are ground-nesting species and therefore are highly vulnerable to disturbance from human activity, which in some cases can cause adults to abandon their nests and leave their chicks and eggs behind.
During April 2021, Peel Ports worked with the RSPB to install signs on Burntwick Island to ask visitors not to land on the island to protect nesting birds. Reports in May 2021 show that the campaign has been hugely successful with 400 Sandwich Terns recorded at Burntwick Island so far.