THE SUSTAINBLE MOVEMENT OF GOODS
Addleshaw Goddard advised Europe's largest private wagon hire company in procuring new fleets of freight wagons for moving shipping containers on rail. These wagons have bogies that are designed to cause less wear and tear to the tracks which in turn means that the tracks last longer and their replacement cycles can be increased while maintaining safe track. Given that the carbon used in the steel which forms the track is one of the biggest uses of carbon in the rail industry, this enhances rail's sustainability credentials.
AIRPORT MASS PASSENGER TRANSIT
The Airports Team at Addleshaw Goddard have advised a number of domestic airports on their surface access and mass passenger transit schemes, a significant contributor to airports becoming part of an integrated public transport system and reducing their carbon impact by encouraging modal shift out of private cars. For example, we recently advised London Luton Airport Limited, the owners of Luton Airport, on the £250m development of the Luton DART; a fast cablehauled transit system linking Luton with Luton Airport Parkway railway station as well as on the redevelopment of Luton Airport Parkway station to accommodate a terminal station for the Luton DART.
CRUISING TO NET ZERO
Addleshaw Goddard has an enviable track record of working in the Ports and Shipping industry, an industry which is committed to reducing its impact on the environment and contributing to the road to net zero. By way of example, we recently advised on the Skye Triangle major infrastructure project, which involves the redevelopment of the ports of Uig, Tarbert and Lochmaddy. These redevelopments were key to improving and modernising the harbour facilities at the three ports to ensure new, more environmentally friendly, innovative dual fuel 'sustainable ferries' are able to berth safely. Not only does this improve the lifeline connectivity from and to the Western Isles, it does so in a sustainable and future proof manner.
TRANSPORT AS A FACILITATOR FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF SUSTAINABLE PROJECTS
Our Ports act as gateways for overseas developers bringing in and developing new sustainable technologies into the UK. We recently provided advice in relation to a key infrastructure development project of this nature at the Port of Dundee which will facilitate the construction of 54 turbines by Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy for the 450 MW offshore Neart na Gaoithe (NNG) wind farm being developed by the utility, EDF.