Call for Evidence: Domestic Shipping Air Pollution

Closes 11:45pm, 11 January 2020

The Department for Transport has issued a call for evidence on emissions from domestic shipping activity in the UK’s coastal waters and English inland waterways They wish to better understand emissions from the maritime sector and establish if government can do more to address emission issues. Powered vessels used for commercial or recreational purposes are all within scope of the Call for Evidence.

Responses are invited from everyone but particularly:

  • vessel owners and operators
  • ports and marinas
  • other interested organisations, groups, businesses or individuals

In addition to supporting the specific measures in the Government’s Clean Air Strategy to tackle air pollutant emissions from the UK’s maritime and inland waterways sectors, the Department for Transport has a long-term ambition to see a transition to low and eventually zero emissions by reducing/eliminating the use of fossil fuels (as set out in the DfT’s Maritime 2050 Strategy  

The short, medium and long-term steps to achieve zero emissions will be set out in the DfT’s  Clean Maritime Plan which is expected to be published later in 2019 with the aim of promoting innovation and encouraging the uptake of zero emission technologies in the maritime sector, rather than prescribing a specific approach or set of measures for vessel owners and industry to take. This Plan will consider the barriers to market for technological solutions to achieving zero emission shipping and the potential for the UK to capture a share of the economic benefits from this transition.

There are six principal evidence gaps where information and views are being sought:

  1. The size and key characteristics of the sector – an estimate of the total number of vessels and vessel types operating in England’s inland waterways and the UK’s coastal waters, as well as the age, engine size, and fuel type of these vessels.
  2. The functioning of the current regulatory landscape governing air pollutant emissions from vessels operating in England’s inland waterways and UK coastal waters
  3. Innovative approaches being taken
  4. Identification of potential market failures or barriers (technical, commercial, financial, cultural) to the deployment of emissions abatement and reduction options (for instance infrastructure requirements or possible unintended consequences).
  5. Longer term trends in the sector
  6. Funding

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