Many of the UK’s largest port operators have made a collective commitment to maintaining high standards of sustainability and security in UK freeports.

The commitment comes ahead of the UK Government’s submission deadline for freeport bids on February 5, 2021.

Associated British Ports (ABP), The Bristol Port Company, Forth Ports, Hutchinson Ports, DP World, PD Ports, Peel Ports Group, Port of London Authority, and the UK Major Ports Group (UKMPG) made the pledge.

The commitment covers three sustainability areas: environmental, social, and economic, as well as security requirements.

Tim Morris, ceo of UKMPG, said: “Freeports should be an opportunity to stimulate significant investment that strengthens the UK’s capability to trade with the world plus bring more jobs and prosperity to areas that need it.

“UK port operators are committed to fully playing their role in ensuring that these benefits are also delivered sustainably and securely. They support high standards that work together with sustainable development and believe that such high standards across environmental, social and economic sustainability should go hand in hand to create long term success.”