Earth Day

Earth Day is observed annually on 22 April and is a global initiative dedicated to our planet’s wellbeing. It serves as a powerful reminder of the urgent need for environmental stewardship and sustainable practices.

NLB and Sustainability

NLB has always maintained a high level of commitment to minimising the impact of our operations on the environment. Our response to the Climate Emergency is firmly embedded within our Mission, Vision and Strategic Focus. With around 95% of the UK’s imports and exports moving by sea, safe sea lanes are vital to the prosperity of the country and the protection of the marine environment.

In 2021, in partnership with Zero Waste Scotland, we published our Carbon Management Plan. The plan sets out our strategy and lists in detail the actions that will help us meet our carbon reduction objectives to becoming a net carbon zero organisation.

Reducing our impact
  • We reduce our impact through strong use of renewable energy technologies.
  • We reduce our impact through continuously improving systems to manage our water consumption, waste and resource consumption through our projects and operations.
  • We reduce our impact through the way we plan our work and our methods for travel.
  • We lead others into conversation to seek out best practices and improvements in technology and working practices.
  • We look to improve the communities we work within, and to protect damage to the local biodiversity.
  • We communicate internally and externally on our commitment to a sustainable future.
NLB Oban Base

We completed a Decarbonisation Review of our Oban Base in 2022. The review identified initiatives to further improve energy efficiency and emissions reduction:

  • PV solar, rainwater harvesting are planned.
  • Whole site refitted with LED lighting.
  • Air source heat pump installed.
  • Shore power will be upgraded to allow vessels to plug-in, remain emission free and recharge batteries.
  • Waste and water use has also been optimised and closely measured and new waste streams are being recycled providing an overall recycling rate of 67%.


New Hybrid Ship

In 2025 we will take delivery of a new state-of-the-art hybrid powered ship to support our vital safety service to mariners. The vessel will use new technology to minimise the impact on the environment and will bring additional capability to help deal with the effects of Climate Change. This will ensure we can continue to protect mariners and our precious marine environment in Scottish and Manx waters into the 2050s.

Image of ship

Ongoing staff awareness and support is a key contributor in helping us to reduce our carbon footprint and the wider impact on the environment. And as we mark Earth Day, let us commit to being responsible stewards, fostering sustainability, and safeguarding our planet for generations to come.





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