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The Port of Sunderland is committed to protecting the natural environment and will promote environmental awareness and performance throughout its waterways. Every effort will be made to minimise hazards to the environment and maintain effective protection and recovery measures within the River Wear and its docks system.

Robust waste management and oil spill contingency plans are in place to minimise the possibility and impact of waterborne pollution by shipping and shore-based facilities.

A range of businesses is also sustained that undertake environmentally friendly processes by recycling hazardous and non-hazardous materials, helping to minimise the use of diminishing natural resources.

Such operations currently include:

Solvent Resource Management (SRM) 

Reclamation and recycling of waste and contaminated solvents

Northumbrian Roads Ltd  

 Road materials recycling centre

Northumbrian Water plc  

Sewage treatment works

Cemex UK

Brick crushing plant


Renewable energy projects are also high on the port’s agenda with Sunrise Renewables Ltd having been granted planning permission to build a biomass plant to generate electricity from reclaimed timber. Future participation in onshore/offshore wind power development schemes is under active consideration.

Wear Dock and Engineering Ltd has also constructed the prototype of the Neptune Proteus NP1000 tidal stream demonstrator as part of ambitious plans to harness tidal power on the River Humber.

Awards and accreditations


The Port of Sunderland is certified by Product Authentication International (PAI) as complying with the Agricultural Industries Confederation (AIC) Trade Assurance Scheme for Combinable Crops (TASCC), in respect of storage and in-house testing of combinable crops and dry feed materials/ingredients.

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Investor in People

As a Sunderland City Council service the Port of Sunderland holds Investors in People status, achieved by the council in 2004.

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British Ports Association

The port is a member of the British Ports Association