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Port of London Authority launches Net Zero River Plan for Thames

Last Thursday 15 February, the Port of London Authority (PLA) and a coalition of terminal and vessel operators and supporting stakeholders published a plan for a net zero future in a bid to accelerate progress towards decarbonising the Thames.

The Net Zero River Plan identifies four priority themes to accelerate the move to net zero:  

Firstly, to support the transition to alternative fuels and green technology, including through a strategic infrastructure plan for the Thames for shore power, and the importation, storage and bunkering of alternative fuels. 

Secondly, to work with regulators to promote the safe adoption of alternative fuels and green technology, with a 2024 review of the approval process for green technology use. 

Thirdly, to unlock funding and financing for alternative fuels and green technology, which will include a “Centre of Excellence for Green Projects” for Thames operators to capitalise on future government funding cycles. 

And lastly, to enable the use of data for decision-making and collaboration, with access provided to the Maritime Emission Portal data for operators on the Thames. 

According to the group, significant progress is already being made towards net zero, with on-site renewable energy generation at terminals, use of the river for light freight deliveries, construction of fully electric berths, the introduction of hybrid passenger vessels, and a fully electric work boat delivered and licensed for use.  

“We’re working with operators from the length of the tidal Thames as we know that taking rapid action to reduce emissions is vital both to address climate change and to ensure a competitive future for trade and transportation,” said Grace Rawnsley, Director of Sustainability at the Port of London Authority. 

“All of the terminal and vessel operators involved, as well as other supporting stakeholders, are showing great commitment to net zero and a sustainable future for our river.” 


Published On: 22/02/2024 14:00:00


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