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Cruise ship emissions

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 6th March 2020.

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Photo of Caroline Russell Caroline Russell Green

A constituent has contacted me with concerns that the Port of London Authority (PLA) is using the Greenwich Ship Tier as way of supporting cruise ships. Cruise ships at this tier are emitting large volumes of pollution. What actions are you taking to combat the pollution from this source?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

The current system has a number of regulators that play a role in policing emissions for different classes and uses of vessels on the Thames. As Mayor, I don’t have the powers to effectively tackle non-road pollution sources in the capital. I believe do believe however, that London needs the necessary powers to effectively combat these harmful emissions on the River Thames and the canal network. That is why I will continue to call on Government to do their part to improve this fragmented system and to give London the powers it needs to ensure that the emissions from vessels using London’s waterways can be addressed.

It is important that vessels using the river play their part in reducing emissions and improving air quality. I will continue to encourage cleaner vessels to use the waterways by working with wharf and pier operators to help introduce tiered fees for the cleanest vessels, similar to the PLA’s Green Tariff scheme. I will encourage new and refurbished wharves, piers and canal moorings to generate renewable power onsite. Where appropriate, shore power or refuelling facilities for low emission fuels should be provided for all vessels moored onsite.

My Deputy Mayor for Transport, Heidi Alexander, is in regular contact with the PLA and at her last meeting discussed river emissions with them. I have asked her to raise this specific issue with them at her next meeting.