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Infracapital worked with the UK ports owner and operator to ensure there was a strong focus on ESG policies, including efforts to minimise pollution and prevent environmental damage.
Associated British Ports (ABP) has a network of 21 ports and plays a strategically important role in the UK. The company operates 5,000 hectares of land and 87 kilometres of quay, which can accommodate the largest vessels in operation.
In 2016 ABP and its customers handled 89 million tonnes of cargo.
Between 2006 and 2015, Infracapital owned a minority stake in the company. As ABP has a high public profile, we considered it vital that management have a strong focus on ESG policies and tight controls.
Working with our co-shareholders, we decided we would give challenge to the company’s ESG policies, where appropriate, throughout our period of ownership. This culminated in ABP signing a new environmental policy in 2015 whilst also raising its health and safety standards and providing extensive employee training.
Due to the nature of the business and the large volumes of commodities transported through its ports every day, efforts to minimise pollution and prevent environmental damage were also a key area of focus for our asset management team.
ABP works with its local communities and trading partners to ensure the safe handling of cargo, prevention of pollution to land and sea, and sustainable construction and maintenance works.
The company is also active in managing the physical impact of its operations. In doing so the company procures enough green electricity to cover the entire operational needs of the group, recycles 80% of its waste and seeks to enhance biodiversity where possible.
Its most effective environmental projects have therefore included the rehoming of water voles in the Solent, in southern England, and installing beehives and swift nesting boxes in South Wales.
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