Associated British Ports


ABP is the UK’s leading port operator, with a unique network of 21 ports across England, Scotland and Wales.

Their ports include Immingham, the UK's busiest port. And Southampton, the UK's number one vehicle handling port, Europe's leading turnaround cruise port and the UK's most productive container port.

ABP plays an active role in managing the environment in each of its 21 ports. Their sustainable approach is rooted in making efficient use of resources and minimising the impact of their operations, working with wildlife and continually improving their overall environmental performances. 

"Our approach provides an opportunity to be innovative and seek new ways of reducing and reusing waste across our operations."

- Alan Tinline, Head of Environment, ABP

The Challenge

ABP employs a broad range of staff roles over a large geographic area, who needed to be engaged with issues around the waste hierarchy. 

ABP wanted to ensure its workforce were engaged with waste and the management of waste. Specifically preventing waste, looking at ways to reduce waste and understanding recycling better.

Compliance was another important issue; much waste is generated through ABP's import and export activity. 

So it needed a scalable learning solution to be available across all of its locations, that was easily accessible and easily understandable.


Our Solution

Ditto Sustainability ran some initial consultative group meetings to look at the issues from ABP’s perspective.

We visited nearly every port to understand their obstacles; engaging with their waste managers, environmental managers and harbour masters to truly grasp how ABP operated.

We widely distributed an online survey to understand how their waste was managed in line with the waste hierarchy. We discovered which waste streams were managed and generated, and what existed to reuse, recycle or treat this waste.

Using this information, we sketched online storyboards before fully developing bespoke learning around waste awareness and compliance, in line with the waste hierarchy.

This bespoke module contains a virtual tour of the ports, so learners can “visit” them to find out how other sites are managing their waste.

The online learning allows for best practice sharing; learners can interact with the content to capture information on waste ideas that will help inform updates to the module in the future.

This module additionally introduces ABP’s waste policy and waste strategy, including what it is, and where to find out more.