Emissions from boats on the Thames (2)

MQT on 2015-10-21
Session date: 
October 21, 2015
Question By: 
Tom Copley
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


I understand your officers have made representations to the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs for additional powers to be included in the revised Clean Air Act relating to emissions. Can you provide an update on this and the planning your officers are taking to mitigate the environmental impact of projected increases in traffic on the Thames?


Answer for Emissions from boats on the Thames (2)

Answer for Emissions from boats on the Thames (2)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

My Air Quality Strategy states my commitment to liaise with river-based transport providers, and the Port of London Authority, to encourage the use of ultra-low sulphur diesel (ULSD) and other clean fuel technologies on passenger river services.

As part of this work, TfL has recently signed a new licence with Thames Clippers, the River Bus operator, which has committed to using ultra-low sulphur fuel to reduce the environmental impact of its operations. TfL is also evaluating diesel particulate filters that have been retro-fitted to one of the Woolwich Ferry vessels.

My officers are in the process of responding to Defra's National Air Quality Action Plan consultation and, where necessary, the case will be made for additional powers.