Ports: Carbon Emissions

Department for Transport written question – answered on 4th December 2020.

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Photo of Alan Brown Alan Brown Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Energy and Climate Change)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with representatives of UK ports on the role of ports in contributing to the Government's Net Zero targets.

Photo of Robert Courts Robert Courts Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

The Department has regular meetings at both Ministerial and Official level with individual ports and their trade representatives on wide a range of issues, including decarbonisation.

The UK’s ports are covered by both the Net Zero 2050 target, and our national carbon budgets under the Climate Change Act. Ports will need to decarbonise alongside the wider UK economy.

Most recently I have met with the board members of the UK Major Ports Group, one of the two port trade associations in the UK, on the 27th of November. We discussed a range of issues of interest to the sector including decarbonisation.

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