Research underway to develop Thames air quality strategy

10 Aug 2017
Research is underway to improve air quality along the tidal Thames

Research is underway to improve air quality along the tidal Thames

New research will help to develop an air quality strategy for the tidal Thames.

The Port of London Authority (PLA) is working with the Mayor of London and Transport for London on the project that involves three separate research streams.

These will cover shore side power allowing ships to turn off their engines and plug into an electrical grid while at berth, emissions from vessels during trips and an inventory of all emissions from vessels on the river.

“We anticipate more trade, more passenger journeys, more sport and recreation and more people wanting to enjoy along the Thames,” said PLA chief executive, Robin Mortimer. “Our ambition is for this growth to be sustainable in the widest sense.”

The research is being completed as part of the Thames Vision, which frames a shared view of how river use is expected to increase over the next 20 years as the city and port grows.

“This research is on an unprecedented scale for the UK,” added Mr Mortimer. “Individually the techniques are tried and tested, but we are bringing them together to create a detailed picture of vessel emissions on the Thames.”

The majority of the research will be completed by the end of September.

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