UAE’s DP World invests $500mn to cut carbon emission over next 5 years

By Arya M Nair, Official Reporter
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DP World has revealed the intention to invest up to $500 million to cut CO2 emissions from its operations by nearly 700,000 tons over the next five years.

The announcement was made as Mr. Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, DP World Chairman and Group CEO, addressed delegates by video at the United Nations Climate Conference (COP 27) in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, and reinforced DP World’s commitment to sustainability by taking on the Green Shipping Challenge (GSC).

Launched earlier this year by US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate Change Mr. John Kerry and Norwegian Prime Minister Mr. Jonas Gahr Støre, the challenge encourages countries, ports, companies, and other actors in the shipping value chain to come forward with concrete announcements to further ocean-based climate actions.

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Sultan bin Sulayem
Group Chairman & CEO
DP World

“Global trade has been an enormous force for good, keeping our world connected and lifting millions out of poverty over the last few decades. But this growth is not without consequences, from the scale of energy required to make, move and use goods to the resource intensity of logistics and the challenges economic growth can bring. As a leading enabler of global trade, we have the tools, ingenuity and drive to lead a step change in logistics.”

The planned reduction in carbon emissions by nearly 700,000 tons represents a 20 percent cut from 2021 levels. DP World’s plans include replacing its global fleet of assets from diesel to electric, investing in renewable power and exploring alternative fuels.

“Our World, Our Future’ is our sustainability strategy, one that is designed to deliver responsible operations. We have already committed to becoming a carbon-neutral enterprise by 2040 and net zero-carbon enterprise by 2050. We will work with our global partners to develop an action plan to advance the goals of the GSC and encourage industry players to devise plans to address climate change,” Mr. Bin Sulayem added.

“We’re doing this through three main pillars of activity, the electrification of our ports and terminals equipment, investment into renewable energy and research and development projects that will look into alternative fuels, vessels and vehicles across our portfolio. Our ports and terminals business is making steady progress, by following the strategy of maximizing efficiency, equipment electrification, supply of renewable electricity, low carbon fuels and carbon compensation,” Mr. Bin Sulayem explained.

In January, DP World entered a strategic partnership with the Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Centre for Zero Carbon Shipping, an independent, not-for-profit organization, undertaking intensive research and development to find practical ways to decarbonize the global maritime trade industry.

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