UK Likely to Switch to Shore Power at Ports to Reduce Carbon Emissions

The government of the United Kingdom has revealed its plans to boost decarbonization in the domain of shipping by opting for emissions-cutting shore power at ports.

UK Likely to Switch to Shore Power at Ports to Reduce Carbon Emissions
Representational Image | Courtesy: Southampton Port

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Robert Courts, Maritime Minister, will inaugurate a call for evidence on shore power at the time of his keynote speech at the annual U.K. Chamber of Shipping dinner on 7th February, highlighting how facilitating the innovation of new green technologies will help in the continuation of the revival of the UK’s shipbuilding industry, giving rise to private investment, generating jobs, and revitalizing coastal communities.

Courts stated, “Climate change is one of the biggest challenges this generation faces, and we will continue to lead international efforts to decarbonise the maritime sector. Shore power will end the outdated practice of ships keeping their engines running while anchored in port, reducing the poisonous fumes entering the air and ensuring we meet our net zero 2050 goals.”

The U.K. is now one of the few nations in the world to have a dedicated Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition, which pledged £23 million ($31 million) in 2021 to back 55 decarbonization projects, along with the commitments made at COP26, in which it launched the Clydebank Declaration, an alliance of 22 countries willing to develop green shipping corridors.

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Tim Morris, CEO of the UK Major Ports Group, noted: “Shore power has the potential to play a positive part in the future of zero emission maritime, although it is an area that currently faces some significant challenges. The call for evidence is, therefore, an important step in finding the right, viable ways that industry, government and networks can work together to support the wider deployment of shore power where it is an appropriate solution.”

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