Port of Aberdeen – A Net Zero Port by 2040

In April 2023, we unveiled our industry-leading net zero strategy, a significant milestone in our journey towards sustainability. Our vision to become the UK’s first net zero port by 2040 is backed by a £55million investment over the next decade, and we’re the only UK port to take accountability for Scope 3 emissions from client vessels in our efforts to reach net zero.

In 2023, we achieved notable emissions reductions, lowering Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 24% compared with the previous year. Transitioning vehicles and vessels to HVO led to a remarkable 73% reduction in emissions from these sources. Integrating additional electric vehicles into our fleet and expanding charging infrastructure accelerated our electrification efforts. A deep investigation into purchased electricity (Scope 2) was also conducted to assess the number/condition of assets. This resulted in more accurate reporting through an innovative, live environmental dashboard.

More than 70% of port emissions are generated from vessels at berth and shore power is considered the leading option to tackle this issue. Multiple projects with public and private sector partners kicked off in 2023 to provide green shore power at nine berths across the port from Q1 2025.

Aberdeen’s also the only UK port to feature in three of the ten projects in the Department for Transport’s inaugural Zero Emissions Vessels & Infrastructure (ZEVI) competition. The port’s collaborating with Bibby Marine on a world-first zero-emission electric service vessel, with Ocean Infinity on a UK-designed vessel with methanol conversion kit, and with Subsea7 on a feasibility study investigating hydrogen storage and distribution.

Port of Aberdeen’s a leader in sustainability, encouraging all employees and stakeholders to engage in our ambitious targets for a brighter, more sustainable future. We’re on track to achieve net zero in Scope 1 and 2 by 2035, and net zero in Scope 3 by 2040.