Sea container firm DP World is aiming to reduce its carbon footprint across its 50 marine terminals across the world with new software.

DP World, whose sites include those at Southampton, Tilbury and London Gateway, is the first global port operator to roll out the Greenstone Carbon Management system.

In 2008, DP World started an initiative to reduce its carbon emissions by 27 percent over five years. DP World invested in data collection systems at its terminals and it has commissioned Greenstone to further develop data gathering processes and set up Greenstone’s Acco2unt carbon management system tailored to DP World’s methodology.

Charles Haine, global environment manager at DP World, said: "In order to meet our environmental targets we needed to fully understand the impact of our business activities. Due to the complex nature of our diverse business operations we looked for a cost efficient solution that was easy to use but allowed us to aggregate data from a wide variety of sources."

Haine said the Acco2unt software gave the firm "a comprehensive reporting framework with a clear breakdown of emissions" which, in turn, "allows us to compare performance across the business and drive continual improvement".  

The software has been tailored to be able to report on DP's global portfolio while at the same time making it practical for individual terminals to get feedback on their performance. Greenstone’s software has also automated manual processes which can be prone to human error, said Haine.

In other recent carbon management news, LCH.Clearnet, Europe’s largest carbon clearing house, suffered a major blunder last month after confidential carbon trading data was published on the web by its marketing service contractor.

The details of 2,118 European Union trades in carbon allowances worth almost €1.9 billion (£1.6 billion), including traders’ names, appeared on the website of Climate Markets, the marketing supplier to LCH.Clearnet.

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