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Sustainability targets

Corporate Social Responsibility

Zero Carbon Commitments

Port of Dover is committed to reducing its carbon emissions and has set challenging targets to achieve this.

One of our four underpinning values is to Look after everyone & everything - We are safe, secure and sustainable. We care about people’s wellbeing, and are responsible custodians of assets.

The Port of Dover is committed to preparing today to continue to be a critical part of the UK supply chain of tomorrow.  Climate change is recognised globally, the UK Government has recognised and set ambitious targets to bring all GHG emissions to net-zero by 2050. The Maritime industry has committed to play it’s part in reducing emissions as set out in the Clean Maritime Plan.  Port of Dover recognises the collective responsibility of our industry and we take pride in this responsibility and the significant role we play for all our stakeholders to prioritise decarbonisation and will work tirelessly to find solutions and lead progress inside and outside the port challenging ourselves to Close the gap every day working to achieve the zero targets outlined below.

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We are working with the wider port and local community, supply chain, customers and ports sharing the short strait corridor to determine and target collective carbon-zero ambitions towards creating a Green Corridor.

Target 2025

Carbon Net Zero Scope 1 & 2

We have reduced our Carbon footprint by 85% since 2007. Further reductions to our Scope 1 and 2 carbon emissions will be achieved through:

  • Sourcing alternative fuels
  • Utilising renewable energy sources wherever possible
  • Electrifying the Port’s landside fleet
  • Encouraging cycling to and at work
  • Offsetting carbon emissions through natural or economical means

Target 2030

Carbon Net Zero Scope 1, 2 & 3

We Aim to go one step further by ensuring there is no net release of carbon to the atmosphere balancing residual Scope 1, 2 and defined Scope 3 carbon emissions utilising natural means by continuing all of the above actions and:

  • Minimising carbon emissions in procurement
  • Minimising caron in development projects
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Green Corridor Beyond 2030

We are working with the wider port and local community, supply chain, customers and ports sharing the short strait corridor to determine and target collective carbon-zero ambitions towards creating a Green Corridor.


Target Zero

Port of Dover commits to continual improvements, working towards a more sustainable Port. To this end, we have the following continuous improvement targets towards Zero harm from our own activities.

Zero Injury

No reportable injuries caused by our activities. RIDDOR/MAIB

Zero waste to landfill

All waste to be reused, recovered or recycled.

Zero pollution events

No reportable pollution from our activities.

Zero single-use plastic

Avoid or substitute single-use plastics used.

Zero impact events

Plan events to minimise negative impact.

Zero air quality impact

Zero emissions to air from our activities.

Zero carbon projects

Plan construction to minimise carbon.

In order to achieve these Target Zero’s we are committed to:

  • Implementing this SHEQ Policy Statement throughout the Port of Dover group of companies;
  • Maintaining our registration to ISO 14001:2015, 45001:2018 and 9001:2015 and continually improving our SHEQ performance and management system;
  • Maintaining our 360 Quality certification for Port of Dover Cargo Ltd;
  • Supporting all employees and empowering them to be SHEQ leaders;
  • Reducing the pressure we put on environmental resources;
  • Adapting to climate change;
  • Appreciating the local character and historic assets of the Port of Dover;
  • Providing a safe and healthy workplace and preventing injury and ill health;
  • Eliminating hazards and reducing occupational health and safety risks so far as reasonably possible;
  • Consulting with employees, safety and sustainability representatives and our port community;
  • Providing sufficient information, instruction, training and supervision to our employees;
  • Promoting a culture of open and honest reporting of incidents and near misses in order to prevent reoccurrence and share learning to continually improve the Port’s SHEQ performance;
  • Contributing to global improvements by contributing to the UN Sustainable Development Goals;
  • As a minimum, complying to all applicable legal and other requirements that the Port subscribes to.