Forth Ports plans to submit a ‘green port’ proposal to the Scottish government that will encompass key ports, industrial complexes and logistics centres along the north and south shores of the Firth of Forth and at Edinburgh Airport.
The Scottish government has invited expressions of interest for the creation of a green port, which is a large, zoned area with a defined boundary within which operators and businesses can benefit from a package of financial and Customs incentives that can attract inward investment. In response, Forth Ports’ proposal is the Firth of Forth Green Port, which will cover locations along the Forth Estuary, including Grangemouth and the port of Leith.
Fife and the City of Edinburgh are also expected to feature in Forth Ports’ green ports bid. Forth Ports are currently evaluating sites in Fife along the north shore of the Firth of Forth from Longannet to Rosyth. Edinburgh Airport is also expected to feature for its international connectivity. Each of these locations are uniquely placed to deliver on all of the objectives of the proposed green ports policy.
Charles Hammond, group chief executive of Forth Ports, said: “Our interest in creating a Firth of Forth Green Port is underpinned by our belief in the government policy behind it to create economic zones for investment and regeneration and we are committed to supporting the development of this green port policy.
“The Firth of Forth, spanning from Central Scotland to the country’s east coast, is the critical engine for Scotland’s economic recovery. The creation of the Firth of Forth Green Port will encourage greater inclusive growth, fair work practices and help deliver Scotland’s net zero economy.”