Air quality strategy first for London port

The strategy wants to reduce air emissions from marine sources, while facilitating the port and London’s future growth The strategy wants to reduce air emissions from marine sources, while facilitating the port and London’s future growth

The Port of London Authority (PLA) says it has broken new ground by publishing what it calls the first draft Air Quality Strategy for a UK port.

PLA has been developing the strategy in the light of projected growth in river use over the next 20 years and concerns about air quality in urban areas.

“The aim with this strategy is clear: we want to reduce emissions to air from marine sources on the Thames. By achieving this we will also be able to meet the growing demand to use the river as an essential part of our transport network,” said Robin Mortimer, chief executive, PLA.

“The Air Quality Strategy is another important part of delivering on that commitment – cementing the river’s place as part of the low emission city of the future.”

Low emission city

The aim of the strategy, which covers the tidal Thames from Teddington Lock to Southend, is to reduce emissions to air from marine sources, while facilitating the port and London’s future growth.

PLA’s strategy is now out for consultation and features 19 proposals, which include exploring shore side power and trialling new emissions reducing technology with MBNA Thames Clippers.

The strategy was shaped through a range of research and consultations with stakeholders conducted during 2017, which included developing the first Port Wide Emissions Inventory for the tidal Thames.

The draft strategy is available for consultation until 23 January 2018.

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