25 Year Air Quality Stratey for the Tidal Thames

The 25-year Air Quality Strategy for the tidal Thames was developed by the Port of London Authority (PLA) in partnership with a wide range of organisations linked to the river. Guided by a baseline inventory completed in 2018, it aims to half emissions of harmful pollutants from river traffic by 2041.

The goal is to complete 19 priority actions by 2022, working with the Greater London Authority and Transport for London. Initiatives include:

  • The UK’s first hybrid cutter boat, Leader, will run on electric most of the time. Its function is to transport PLA staff (pilots) to and from larger vessels, which they guide in and out of port.
  • The UK’s first ever Greening Inland Shipping conference in September 2019 where delegates from across Europe gathered to share best practice.
  • The doubling to ten per cent of a green tariff incentivising vessel operators to adopt environmentally friendly technology.