ABP Newport goes Green for Gwent

April 8, 2015

Image: Matthew Kennerley, ABP Director South Wales with Debbie Stenner and Ian Rappel from Gwent Wildlife Trust.

ABP’s Port of Newport is teaming up with the Gwent Wildlife Trust (GWT) to preserve precious landscapes on the Gwent levels.

Important wetland reserves will be protected thanks to the partnership, which sees ABP working with the GWT to maintain the fragile wet flower meadows of Magor Marsh.

The Port of Newport has become a gold level corporate member of GWT, supporting its vital work while employees will be given the chance to help out on the ground.

Associated British Ports (ABP), owner and operator of the Port of Newport, is an active contributor to the environment with a commitment to sustainable development at each of its five South Wales ports of Newport, Cardiff, Barry, Swansea and Port Talbot.

As well as its involvement with GWT, ABP’s South Wales ports have installed a series of solar panels on offices and warehouses, are building a ground based solar farm in Barry, that will power up to 2,000 homes, installed a 2,300 kW wind turbine at Newport saving 2,900 tonnes of carbon every year, and have installed Bee Hives and swift nesting boxes in Cardiff.

Matthew Kennerley, ABP Director South Wales said: “ABP and the port of Newport takes its responsibility to the environment seriously – that’s why we are so committed to introducing renewable energy and biodiversity schemes into the port estate wherever possible.

“So we are proud to be a partner of the Gwent Wildlife Trust. The trust has an essential role to play in protecting the region’s wildlife and we are fully committed to supporting its work.”

Ian Rappel, Gwent Wildlife Trust CEO, said: “The generous support from Associated British Ports is going to help with the management of the beautiful reserves down on the Gwent Levels, securing this landscape for future generations.

“With a number of important wetland reserves on the Levels, particularly the site of special scientific interest, Magor Marsh, the work of Gwent Wildlife Trust is as important as ever to nurture these wet flower meadows.”

“ABP plays a very important role in supporting our vision for people close to nature, in a landscape rich in wildlife.”