London ship emissions monitoring underway

pollution monitoring station The eight monitoring stations will capture emissions data 24/7. Credit: PLA

The Port of London Authority (PLA) has funded an GB£80,000 network of air pollution monitors that will record the effect of emissions locally from cruise ships docking in Greenwich, London this summer.

Supplied by Air Monitors Limited, the eight monitoring stations are all located close to the Greenwich Ship Tier landing stage and will capture data around the clock with the raw data available via the websites of both the PLA and project partner Breathe London. A full analysis of the results will be published in early 2020.

Robin Mortimer, PLA chief executive, said: “The data these monitors collect will give us a comprehensive understanding of the impact that the cruise ships have on air quality when they are in town.

“It’s crucial to have this information, so that we can address the concerns that we know are very strongly held by local residents.”

Air Quality Strategy

The monitors are part of the PLA’s Air Quality Strategy, published in May 2018, the first to be produced by a UK port. Challenging 25-year targets set out in the strategy include halving levels of Nitrogen Oxides and Particular Matter from river-related sources, whilst growing use of the river for carrying both freight and passengers.

Measures already implemented include a programme of retrofitting older vessels with the latest environmentally-friendly technology.

In January 2019, the PLA also doubled to 10% its Green Tariff discount available to International Maritime Organisation-registered vessels with an Environmental Ship Index rating of 30 or more, whose environmental performance goes over and above legal requirements.

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