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Govt help must be a shore thing, says ports group

[ March 1, 2021   //   ]

‘Shore-power’ – powering vessels in port by green electricity in place of on-board diesel generators – is essential to reduce pollution but is held back in the UK by high taxes and a lack of Government support, says a new report by Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research for the British Ports Association. BPA says that governments in France, Germany, Norway, Denmark and Sweden are helping their ports deploy shore-power, with grants for investment and reductions in electricity taxes, but the UK is not. The imminent Transport Decarbonisation Plan is a big opportunity for the UK Government to rectify this and meaningful support should start as soon as this week’s Budget, it says.