Marine leisure proactive in cutting emissions
From 2025, all new vessels should be designed with zero-emission capable technologies.
The Clean Maritime Plan is part of the government’s Clean Air Strategy, which aims to cut air pollution across all sectors to protect public health and the environment. British Marine and the Canal and River Trust both place conserving the environment high on their agenda and are supporting the government's 'call for evidence' on domestic shipping air pollution.
"It’s crucial we recognise the responsibility our industry has on tackling environmental issues head on," said Lesley Robinson,BM chief executive. "There is an increasing number of boat owners across the globe seeking to improve the impact their yachts have on our world.
“This call for evidence is vital for government to accurately ascertain the size of the fleet currently on our waters and quantify the potential scale of the challenge facing the industry."
Jonathan Ludford of the Canal and River Trust added: "Our inland waterways already make a significant contribution to helping to reduce air pollution in our towns and cities by providing safe, clean and green opportunities for off-road travel whether walking, cycling or by boat."
"Emissions from inland waterway craft are a very small proportion of total transport emissions but we recognise that every sector needs to do its bit to reduce emissions overall.
"We have already begun work on estimating emissions from craft on our waterways which we will submit, alongside further work with our customers and stakeholders, while the call is open.
"We have also begun work with partners in London on a pilot programme to assess how emissions can reasonably and practically be reduced."
Both companies have already put in place measures to help reduce emissions and drive green innovation, with BM working with the Motorsports Industry Association to explore the opportunity of cross-sector strategic partnerships in energy efficient technical solutions.
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