All new ships for UK waters ordered from 2025 should be designed with zero-emission capable technologies, says the country’s maritime ministry.
Details of the new commitment are set out in the ministry's Clean Maritime Plan, which has just been published.
The plan includes a £1 million competition to find innovative ways to help reduce maritime emissions.
“Our maritime sector is vital to the success of the UK’s economy – but it must do everything it can to reduce emissions, improve air quality and tackle climate change,” says Nusrat Ghani, the UK’s maritime minister.
“The Clean Maritime Plan opens up exciting opportunities for innovation and will help make the UK a global hub for new green technologies in the maritime sector.”
The UK maritime sector has already taken significant strides to reduce emissions – hybrid ferries are already being used in UK waters, including in the Scottish islands and on cross-Solent journeys to the Isle of Wight.
Sarah Kenny, chief executive of BMT Group and representing the Mari-UK consortium, said: “The Clean Maritime Plan is an important step towards achieving a zero-emission future for the UK.
“Getting to net zero will not be easy, but it will present significant opportunities as well as the obvious challenges for all parts of our £40bn maritime sector.
"Maritime is already the greenest way of moving freight, but we can and must do more to reduce emissions.
“For the first time, companies and universities from across the country have come together to collaborate through MarRI-UK, accelerating the UK’s maritime technological capabilities, particularly on decarbonisation."
Guidance has also today been issued to ports to assist them in developing air quality strategies.
The Cleanup Maritime Plan can be found at: http://bit.ly/2G8wHqW