Belfast Harbour’s commitment to building a truly sustainable, clean, Green Port is core to our Trust Port purpose. Work to achieve our net zero target is already well underway, as we introduce electric vehicles, develop our use of renewable energy, instigate studies to better understand our marine diversity and embed sustainable development across the Estate.
One successful trial project in 2021 was with the use of Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil (HVO) to fuel one of the port operations vehicles. HVO gives normal engine performance, but with an estimated 90% carbon emission reduction compared with diesel. Fuel oils are a major contributing factor to greenhouse gas emissions and trialling biofuels such as HVO represents an opportunity to reduce our carbon footprint and review the performance of new, greener fuels in a controlled environment. The trial demonstrated that there was no noticeable change in engine performance using HVO and we are now exploring a larger trial to include other port vehicles.