All new ships for UK waters ordered from 2025 should be designed with zero-emission capable technologies, according to plans set out by by the UK Government to cut pollution from the country’s maritime sector.
The commitment is set out in the "clean maritime plan", published yesterday. The government is also looking at ways to incentivise the transition to zero-emission shipping and will consult on this next year.
The plan also includes a £1 million (US$1.25 million) competition to find innovative ways to reduce maritime emissions and is published alongside a call for evidence to reduce emissions on UK waterways and domestic vessels.
The plan is part of the government’s clean air strategy, which aims to cut down air pollution across all sectors to, "protect public health and the environment". The United Kingdom has committed to be net zero on greenhouse gases by 2050.
Guidance has also been issued to ports to assist them in developing air quality strategies. Further consultation to increase the uptake of low carbon fuels will also take place next year.
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