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UK government's Clean Maritime Plan sets ambitious zero emissions targets

As the British government sets out ambitious targets for cutting emissions from shipping all new vessels ordered from 2025 for operation in UK waters should be designed with zero emission technologies.

The Clean Maritime Plan published by the UK government today sets out an action plan to take the country towards its stated goal of a zero emission shipping set out in Maritime 2050. To reach this goal the government is aiming for major steps to be taken with the next few years with new vessels having to have zero emission technologies from 2025.

The plan said it expects that by 2025, “All vessels operating in UK waters are maximising the use of energy efficiency options. “All new vessels being ordered for use in UK waters are being designed with zero emission propulsion capability. Zero emission commercial vessels are in operation in UK waters.”

By 2035 it is expected that the UK will have built a number of clean maritime clusters and that low or zero emission marine fuel bunkering options will be readily available across the UK.

“The Clean Maritime Plan sets an ambitious vision for the sector and opens up exciting opportunities for innovation. It will help make the UK a global hub for new green technologies in the maritime sector,” UK Maritime Minister Nusrat Ghani said.

The plan includes a GBP1m competition to find innovative ways to reduce maritime emissions.

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 GBP40bn maritime sector.

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