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P&O Ferries and the environment

Minimising impact on the environment

P&O Ferries is the country’s leading ferry operator and has taken a leading role in adopting practices that minimise environmental impact.

We carry a huge range of passengers - more than ten million a year - from children on school trips and families going on holiday to business travellers and freight drivers.

Our own workforce numbers almost 4,000 people, employed in a diverse range of roles, ashore and at sea.

One thing we all have in common is the environment we share and as environmental awareness grows, we increasingly find we are asked about our policies and objectives.

Legislation to protect the environment is becoming ever more stringent and of course we embrace this fully.  However, rather than just meeting the letter of the law our policy is to encourage a culture that considers, day by day, what extra initiatives we can take, through demonstrating best practice and implementing an ethos of continuous improvement.

The links alongside set out some examples of our approach.


» convention for prevention of pollution from ships

There’s no need, or excuse, for mindless dumping of waste from ships, and big fines face those who are caught doing so.

convention for prevention of pollution from ships   »

» C02 emissions

By its nature shipping is fuel efficient, with huge loads moved using relatively little energy. But efforts are still being made to reduce fuel consumption, and therefore C02 emissions.

C02 emissions   »

» sulphur scrubbing

P&O Ferries is a world leader in the development of ‘abatement technology’ to clean exhaust gases from ships.

sulphur scrubbing   »

» power in port

Ships need to keep some engines running whilst in port, where connecting to greener shore-based power supplies could bring real environmental benefits.

power in port   »

» calling time on tin

As understanding of the marine environment develops, so does our approach to the products we use on our ships.

calling time on tin   »

» walking bus

Fitter kids and fewer cars on the school run is the achievement of this award-winning scheme.

walking bus   »