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EMR may go fully electric at ‘most innovative’ deep sea dock

European Metal Recycling is transforming its operations in Scotland with a multi-million Euro development of King George V West Quay in Glasgow. EMR says the 46 000 square metre site will be its ‘most innovative’ deep-sea dock in the country, allowing the company to transfer material competitively and with a lower carbon impact.

Among the environmental benefits of the new deep-sea dock will be its ability to accept bulk carriers up to 65 000 tonnes, which are said to produce one-fifth of the carbon emissions, per tonne of steel carried, compared with the smaller (3 000 tonne) vessels EMR currently operates in the area.

The development will also receive 100% renewable electricity from Scottish Power and will have electrical connections to allow equipment used on the site in future to be fully electrified. The site should then be ready to meet EMR’s goal to be a net zero recycler by 2040.

The recycler plans for a second phase of expansion in the next few years, which could include developments in electric vehicle recycling and large-scale metal processing.

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