DP World has announced the arrival of the first all-electric terminal tractor at a British port, which is an important step forward in making the United Kingdom's supply chain "greener".
The Terberg YT203-EV terminal tractor, commissioned at the London Gateway, will be used primarily to transport goods two miles from the quayside to a distribution facility at the adjacent logistics park.
It is important to note that DP World plans to make its entire fleet of 11 tractor terminals all-electric at London Gateway in the near future.
"We are delighted that Britain’s first all-electric terminal tractor is now in service at London Gateway port, as we continue to play our part in improving local air quality and helping the UK meet its target of delivering the Net Zero 2050 policy, "said Ernst Schulze, UK chief executive at DP World.
"We have a clear responsibility to reduce the impact of our operations and to offer customers solutions that support their own sustainability journeys," he added.
"The close proximity of London Gateway to Europe’s largest consumer market gives us a natural advantage, while our investment in rail interconnectivity at both our hubs eases congestion on the roads, with the emphasis on rail across both our UK ports taking 300,000 trucks off the roads each year," Schulze concluded.
Earlier this month, DP World announced that its Southampton container terminal became the first in Britain to completely eliminate fossil diesel from its operations.
Maha AlQattan, group chief people & sustainability officer, commented, "We believe in protecting our people and our planet through world-class environmental standards and are delighted that our UK operation is at the forefront of this drive. Our sustainability strategy ‘Our World, Our Future’ is woven into everything we do supporting the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals across safety, climate change, security, community engagement, people development, ethics and wellbeing."
The first all-electric terminal tractor at a British port is one part of DP World’s commitment to improving and expanding the UK's trading infrastructure in the most sustainable way possible, according to a statement.