Wightlink is pledging to be as environmentally friendly as possible this year. So what changes are planned for 2018?

As part of the new ‘Green Manifesto’ chargers for electric cars will be installed, starting with its Fishbourne terminal in the summer.

Disposable plastic cutlery is now being replaced by renewable wooden alternatives, and reusable cups are being welcomes at all outlets.

The ferry firm is also introducing Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) technology, and replacing some company vehicles with electrically or hybrid powered models to reduce queuing and emissions. 

Wightlink  Chief Executive Keith Greenfield said:

“Like many Islanders, I was distressed to see the damaging effect of plastics and other pollution on marine life on Sir David Attenborough’s Blue Planet II series. As a ferry company we have a special responsibility to the marine environment. We have embarked on a journey, with Isle of Wight Council and other partners, to reduce our environmental footprint and want to do all we can to protect the beautiful Isle of Wight and Solent.”

It follows the launch of the company’s new environmentally friendly hybrid energy flagship Victoria of Wight earlier this month.