UK maritime experts plan route to greener future

Maritime experts plan route to greener future

Experts from across the maritime sector have joined forces in a bid to cut emissions and improve air quality on and around waterways, ports and shipping lanes in the UK.

Maritime Minister Nusrat Ghani (pictured) opened the inaugral meeting of the Clean Maritime Council earlier this week, bringing together experts from across the maritime sector - from industry leaders developing greener vessels, to academics studying the economics of emission reduction.

The council aims to publish a Clean Maritime Plan in 2019 which will include policies to tackle emissions of air pollutants and greenhouse gases from shipping.

Nusrat Ghani said: “The UK maritime industry has a vital role in improving air quality on and around water, and Council members will be looking at innovative and practical ways to reduce emissions from the sector.

“The Clean Maritime Plan will bring new opportunities for Britain’s businesses to design, develop and sell green solutions to this global challenge.”

Green initiatives to reduce emissions from shipping include:

•             Hybrid ferries using battery power alongside traditional engines are being used between Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight and in Scotland

•             Shore-side electricity is already in place at Portsmouth (MOD), Fraserburgh and Brodick to reduce engines running at ports

•             Innovate UK is funding a project in Orkney to directly inject hydrogen into the fuel supply of a ferry

Baroness Bryony Worthington, Executive Director of Environmental Defense Fund Europe, which is part of the Council, said: “The UK has always been a proud maritime nation and with the launch of the Clean Maritime Council, has signalled its intention to lead the way in services, technology, fuels and research into zero emissions shipping." 

The UK has played a key role at the International Maritime Organization in setting a global cap on sulphur emissions and establishing a new global target to cut shipping’s greenhouse gases by at least 50% by 2050.

The environment is one of the key strands of the government’s Maritime 2050 strategy, a long term look at the opportunities for the sector for the next 30 years.