Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) on the Isle of Wight, UK, has adopted the Carbon Management Plan developed by technical and commercial facilitator of long-term maritime sustainability, Cedar Marine.

CHC will work with Cedar Marine to determine baseline emissions across its buildings, infrastructure, and supply chain and develop a plan for improvements over a five-year period.


Cowes Harbour on the Isle of Wight Photo: CHC

“We are committed to proactively supporting the sustainable development and conservation of the harbour and marine environment, both as the primary shipping and transportation gateway for the Isle of Wight, and as a conscientious member of the wider national maritime community,” said Ed Walker, harbour master, CHC.

“Responsibility for driving sustainability in the maritime sector doesn’t just belong to vessel operators — all organisations across the industry and its supply chain, including ports and harbours, have the opportunity to contribute to a clean maritime future. Cedar’s Carbon Management Plan will give us the means to do this in a measured, responsible, and commercially viable way.”

Cedar Marine works with its customers for a minimum period of three years to agree a clear strategy for emissions reductions. The organisation said it recognises the key role ports and harbours play in promoting sustainability in the maritime sector and hopes that this project will encourage interest in sustainability amongst similar service providers.

“For any business in any sector, knowing where to start on the journey towards decarbonisation is as important as knowing where you want to end up - and no one who wants to get anywhere starts their voyage without a map,” said Owen Preece, managing director of Cedar Marine.