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Shore power could reduce air pollution at ports

Maritime Minister Robert Courts has announced plans to accelerate shore power at ports to reduce the pollution from vessels. 

Currently, berthed vessels must run their onboard diesel engines to power lighting, galleys, air conditioning, and other amenities. 

This is the equivalent of a car or van idling while parked, emitting polluting fumes into the air around ports. 

With shore power, vessels will be able to turn off their engines and plug into onshore power sources when berthed. 

The Maritime Minister has launched a call for evidence of onshore power. 

aerial view of boat on water

Robert Courts said: ‘Climate change is one of the biggest challenges this generation faces, and we will continue to lead international efforts to decarbonise the maritime sector.

‘Shore power will end the outdated practice of ships keeping their engines running while anchored in port, reducing the poisonous fumes entering the air and ensuring we meet our net-zero 2050 goals.’

Mark Simmonds, Director of Policy & External Affairs for the British Ports Association, added: ‘The ports industry has a key role to play in supporting the decarbonisation of shipping, and shore power will be an important part of that. This call for evidence is a step forward and will help us all better understand the current barriers to delivering more shore power to ships. We look forward to sharing the sector’s experiences so far and exploring how industry and government can work together to lower emissions in ports.’

In related news, Air Quality News investigates the true air pollution cost of our online shopping habits.  

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