First UK port climate change role

Shoreham Port Tony Parker is the first director of infrastructure & climate change at Shoreham Port. Credit: Shoreham Port
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Shoreham Port has appointed its first director of infrastructure & climate change, the first role of its kind for a UK port.

Tony Parker, previously director of engineering at Shoreham Port, is taking on the new role to manage infrastructure challenges and drive the port towards zero emissions through measures such as increasing its generation of and usage of green energy sources like solar panels and wind turbines, and investing in shoreside electricity.

Mr Parker, who has over 40 years of experience in the design, implementation and management of port and harbour facilities, as well coast protection and waterside development commented: “I am very much looking forward to taking on my new role. I will be pushing forward on the large infrastructure challenges at the Port such as a new, bigger and more efficient lock and major schemes to counter sea level rise and increased storminess.’’

Cold ironing

He explained the port aims to increase its “ability to supply electricity directly to ships berthed on our quays and to fit the most energy-efficient lighting and power systems throughout the entire Port estate. In cooperation with the rest of the port industry and government, we will also work to increase the role of highly energy-efficient coastal shipping to replace the relatively high energy use of road and rail transport for goods.’’

Shoreham Port regularly assesses its environmental impact to develop strategies to anticipate and respond to environmental challenges, including climate change, air quality and energy conservation, as well as noise, waste, and water management.

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