Emissions from vessels on the Thames (1)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-07-15
Session date: 
July 15, 2015
Reference: 
2015/2237
Question By: 
John Biggs
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

I was very concerned by your answers to my questions MQs 2015/1754-1756 which appear to show disinterest in the impact of emissions from vessels on the Thames. Although jurisdiction may lie with the Port Authority, these issues must be a matter of concern for the Air Quality Team. Will you commit to work with the PLA to tackle emissions from vessels on the Thames in future?

Answer

Answer for Emissions from vessels on the Thames (1)

Answer for Emissions from vessels on the Thames (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I am concerned by all emissions in London and my officers work closely with the relevant agencies including the Maritime Coastguard Agency and the Port of London Authority to tackle emissions from vessels on the Thames.

Importantly, the Thames is already located in an Emissions Control Area which means all ships burn fuel of 0.1 per cent sulphur content. However, I want London to be a leader in low emission technology for all forms of transport so as part of my River Action Plan I have asked TfL to encourage boat operators to adopt 'eco-driving' and explore other technical innovations (such as hybrid engine technology) to minimise the environmental footprint of river services.