The Plymouth and South Devon Freeport has a high-level ambition to act as an exemplar in delivering a net zero emissions target for the area covered by the Freeport’s outer boundary and wider region significantly ahead of 2050. Our Freeport will act as a catalyst, helping us to accelerate the implementation of existing technologies (such as electric vehicles and hydrogen) as well as pioneering new solutions through our Innovation Hotbed.
Plans include the development of:
- A 10MW Green Hydrogen Electrolyser at Langage – where a live wire connection to the onsite solar farm and sleeved power Purchase Agreements will ensure 100% green energy usage, providing a low carbon fuel for shipping and HGVs and buses, creating 10 new green jobs
- A pedestrian and cycle bridge connecting the Sherford and Langage sites – which will support green travel to work plans by enabling safe walking and cycle routes between Sherford and Langage and connect the communities that live on either side of the A38, reducing transport emissions
- Mobility Hubs at the Langage and South Yard sites – which will provide electric charging points for cars and cycles
- Port infrastructure improvements – which will enable the development of short sea shipping routes, offering a low carbon alternative to road transport
- An Innovation Centre at South Yard – which will support the development of net zero technologies aligned to the marine sector with wider applications.
Our Innovation Hotbed aims to create a global centre of excellence for the testing, development and manufacture of autonomous, digital and clean ocean technologies, developing local, national and international strategic partnerships to share innovative ideas and learning. The focus on marine decarbonisation aligns with wider activity in the region to develop smart aviation and aerospace engineering activities where there are opportunities for technology transfer.