Our Opportunities

The Environment

We focus on responsible environmental management, with a goal of zero harm. We seek to constantly improve our understanding of our environmental impact and the risks and opportunities related to our operations. We actively look for ways to reduce our environmental footprint and prioritise impact reduction initiatives by directing our resources to those areas where we believe we can realise the greatest environmental benefits. We manage our environmental impact by setting targets at a global level, which are then cascaded to the regions and finally to our terminals.

The Board receives a safety and environment report at each Board meeting to monitor the Group’s performance against key performance metrics.

Our Objectives for 2014
Objectives Progress
Complete detailed energy consumption assessments across the Group.
We conducted energy assessments at 14 terminals to identify initiatives to save energy and reduce CO2 emissions. Sixty initiatives were identified, which are in varying stages of implementation.
Develop a comprehensive water usage footprint to enhance our ability to reduce freshwater consumption.
We identified our water footprint across the Group, with buildings identified as the main areas of water consumption, accounting for more than 50% of our water use. Using this information, we can now develop and implement targeted programmes to reduce our water consumption.
Introduce and pilot renewable and alternative energy options into our core business functions.
We conducted six feasibility studies into alternative energy options, exploring the potential use of alternative fuels across our operational fleet. Piloting the use of alternative fuels has resulted in significant savings and reduced CO2 and particulate emissions.
Develop and expand our capability to recycle and manage waste, including working with stakeholders across the supply chain.
We joined forces with Hutchinson Port Holdings Limited in a joint waste reduction campaign that saw employees from both companies engage in waste reduction activities where we operate terminals within the same port complex such as Laem Chabang (Thailand), Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam), Busan (South Korea) and Buenos Aires (Argentina).

Other Initiatives in 2014

Our commitment to improving our environmental performance is reflected in the significant increase in our Carbon Disclosure Project score. This rose from 70C in 2013 to 81B in 2014, placing DP World above average for the transportation industry.

We also became strategic partners of the Carbon Ambassador Programme, a scheme to encourage Emirati university students to create a culture of sustainable development, improve their interest and knowledge of Corporate Responsibility and prepare them to be future leaders.

Key Performance Indicator

Emissions Intensity

Our focus on emissions further reduced our intensity10 by 3% in 2014. This calculation captures our direct11 and indirect emissions.12

Energy Use

We continued to cut our energy use, which we measure as mega joules of energy used per total terminal move (MJ Energy/TTM). This metric fell by 3% in 2014, following reductions in each of the previous four years.

Our Objectives for 2015

Our environment objectives for 2015 include:

  • Continue our efforts to reduce our carbon emission and energy use through new programmes and initiatives.
  • Focus on water conservation and waste management initiatives to reduce our water footprint and increase the percentage of recycled waste at our terminals.
  • Broaden our programmes to other areas of environmental concern such as air quality, ecosystems and supply chains and consider the potential for large scale environmental controls at our terminals.

10 KgCO2e/Mod TEU (kilograms of carbon dioxide equivalent per twenty-foot equivalent unit) is the sum total of both scope 1 and 2 emissions normalised against Modified TEU for business to business comparative measurement. An example of this calculation is displayed below.

11 Examples include emissions from fuel burned onsite, such as diesel, gas, petrol, LPG and oil.

12 Examples include emissions associated with the generation of electricity (grid) purchased for own consumption.