DP World’s London Gateway has become the first port under construction to be awarded a quality assurance standard for its Environmental Management System.
The new deep sea container port and logistics park, currently being built along the Thames Estuary, has been certified by Lloyds Register Quality Assurance with ISO 14001:2004. The international standard comes after London Gateway was presented with the Lloyds List Global Environmental Award in December 2010.
London Gateway Chief Executive Simon Moore said: “Our Environmental Management System is designed to provide assurance and mitigation for both the marine and terrestrial impacts relating to the construction of the London Gateway project. The award is a first for DP World and the wider industry, as no other port under construction has achieved the ISO 14001:2004 International Standard.
“This is a tremendous achievement for the team and really confirms that London Gateway is recognised internationally for its exemplary management of the environmental impacts of the works. We’ve just published new aerial photography on our new website that shows we are now substantially into the build-out of London Gateway and it’s essential to know that the management systems we have in place are world class.”
London Gateway’s Environmental Management System has been developed in line with the company’s role in providing compliance assurance with regulators such as the Environment Agency, Natural England, the Marine Management Organisation and the Port of London Authority.
Environment Manager Marcus Pearson, who developed the system, said: “London Gateway is a fantastic project to work on and the sheer scale of the programme requires a robust and practical approach to the management of its environmental aspects. Our Environmental Management System’s documents will be shared with other new DP World developments around the world, which will benefit the business globally.”
Last year, DP World set up one of the most sophisticated marine environmental monitoring programmes in the world at London Gateway. At the same time, Natural England confirmed that the relocation of over 300,000 animals was the largest ecological licence that has ever been issued in the UK.
London Gateway also created a new intertidal mudflat habitat at Stanford Wharf Nature Reserve. At thirty times larger than Trafalgar Square, the project included a full archaeological survey of a Roman salt production village which dates back to 100 AD.