UK’s first carbon neutral terminal helping renewable electricity production at Southampton

Solar panels on Ocean Terminal The solar panels installed on ABP Southampton's Ocean Terminal have enabled it to become carbon neutral. Credit: ABP
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ABP Southampton has installed more than 2,000 roof-mounted solar panels on the Port of Southampton’s largest cruise terminal to make it carbon neutral as part of a programme to invest more than GB£1m in solar energy on ABP-owned buildings.

Ocean Terminal is the UK’s first carbon neutral cruise terminal and its carbon neutral status means it is now generating more electricity than it is consuming, with the energy generated by the solar panels equating to an average of 584kW per hour which is enough energy to power an electric car for 1.8m miles.

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.”

Environmental performance

The solar energy initiative at the port is part of a wider programme to invest in renewable energy and commit to further improving the port’s overall environmental performance.

ABP is working on the project in partnership with Carnival UK whose cruise brands include P&O Cruises and Cunard.

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.”

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