New shipping report highlights the barriers to 'shore-power' in the UK, and how they can be overcome
5 March 2021
Ships can cut pollution by plugging into the electricity grid when in port, rather than using their fossil-fuelled engines.
This "shore-power" is increasingly common globally, but rare in the UK. This report by Tyndall Manchester's Simon Bullock is based on 40 stakeholder interviews, and highlights the barriers to UK shore-power, and how they can be overcome. Ports face high capital costs and long pay-back periods. The untaxed nature of marine fuels coupled with high UK electricity prices is a barrier for ship operators. There is a clear role for stronger policy from the UK Government to help shore-power, as other Governments have done.
The UK’s imminent Transport Decarbonisation Plan is the ideal place to introduce policy and funding to promote shore-power.
Read the full report at the link below-