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Call for Evidence on Domestic Shipping Air Pollution has gone live

Published on: 17 July 2019

Zero emissions

Last week, British Marine reported on the Department for Transport’s (DfT) Clean Maritime Plan which sets non mandatory targets to achieve “zero-emissions” for the wider maritime sector. 

Also announced as part of the Clean Maritime Plan was a six month call for evidence to gather information on vessels operating domestically in UK inland and coastal waters and to explore options for standardising environmental regulations.

The call for evidence is primarily focused on those vessels not currently subject to international environmental standards for air pollutant emissions whether established by the EU or the United Nations through the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) but it would also welcome information on vessels operated domestically that were built to EU or IMO rule sets.

Powered vessels used for commercial or recreational purposes are all within scope of this call for evidence. Therefore British Marine strongly encourages its members to take an active role in contributing to the evidence base. The information provided by the industry will help assess the feasibility of reaching Government's 2025 aspirational goals for all vessels operating in UK waters to maximise the use of energy efficient options as outlined in the Clean Maritime Plan. 

In order for British Marine to respond on behalf of the industry, a short online survey has been created for members to complete. The survey replicates those questions posed by Department for Transport (DfT). All contributions will be hugely valuable as British Marine draft an industry response.

British Marine will continue working closely with the DfT and will update members accordingly during the course of the six month consultation period.

If you do have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact Brian Clark at bclark@britishmarine.co.uk.