A Year in Review: Championing zero-carbon logistics and connecting Scotland, the UK and the world via rail

COP27 has come to a close in Egypt this month and after our involvement in last year’s climate conference, we’ve asked ourselves the question – what have we achieved at MIRP in the last 12 months towards reaching Scotland and the UK’s targets for net zero? 

At COP26 we hosted Low Carbon Logistics at MIRP, the first industry event of its kind. The event, which over 500 people attended, celebrated innovation in the rail and road sectors and promoted the importance of Pulling Together for Net Zero.

In 2022, Mossend International Railfreight Park began moving bulk trains of stone over a 250-mile journey to Leeds – removing 84 Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) from the roads, per train, with this activity set to continue.

Rail freight at the launch of a new intermodal service
Clyde Green Freeport partners at the Royal Highland Show  Pic: Andy Barr

In the last quarter, we’ve welcomed a new Culina intermodal rail service running daily between MIRP and iPort in Doncaster, Yorkshire. Several ‘high street’ names use this rail service as part of their drive to reduce carbon in their logistics supply chain… on the road to net zero.

At Mossend itself, progress has been made in the construction and preparation of the rail terminal, with a small amount of track laid to facilitate the delivery of material, via rail, to continue the build.

MIRP also joined forces with two private sector organisations and five councils in the Glasgow City Region to apply for Green Freeport status under the joint banner of Clyde Green Freeport. The bid, which was submitted in June, is currently awaiting the outcome in which two Scottish Green Freeports will be selected.

Clyde Green Freeport

In other news in 2022, MIRP also attended the 2022 Chinese Burns Supper & China-Scotland Business Awards in Edinburgh celebrating the business relations between China and Scotland. MIRP had the opportunity to present on ‘Taking the Train to China and Decarbonisation’, recognising the potential benefits of using low carbon intermodal rail for Scottish exports to China.

Peter D Stirling, of MIRP, was a key sponsor of this year’s Royal Highland Show and welcomed partners from Clyde Green Freeport to the event. Our Director, Andrew Stirling, and MIRP Consultant, David Cross, both represented MIRP and set our agenda speaking at the Scotland Development Conference and the Scotland Transport & Infrastructure Conference.

With a productive and prosperous year almost behind us, MIRP is now looking to an exciting 2023 and beyond.

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For over four years now, PD Ports has operated a very successful intermodal rail freight service with direct connections from Teesport to Mossend. This route provides a simple, more cost effective and environmentally friendly route for European markets for Scotland’s imports and exports, whilst alleviating the already congested UK road network. As trade continues to grow and the requirements for more freight to be moved by rail, the new development at Mossend International Railfreight Park is both much needed and an exciting opportunity. It will play a significant role in transforming the modern supply chains into and out of Scotland and we wish the project every success.

Geoff Lippitt PD Ports