The UK’s Clean Maritime Council has met for the first time to plan a national strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve air quality around ports and waterways.

The UK will seek "innovative and practical" ways to reduce emissions, said maritime minister Nusrat Ghani (credit: Chris McAndrew)

The UK will seek "innovative and practical" ways to reduce emissions, said maritime minister Nusrat Ghani (credit: Chris McAndrew)

The council, comprising stakeholders from companies developing greener vessels to academics studying the economics of emission reduction, aims to develop a Clean Maritime Plan to be published next year. It will include policies to tackle emissions of air pollutants and greenhouse gases from shipping, as well as aiming to position the UK to reap economic benefits from the global transition to zero emission shipping.

The debut meeting of the council on 15 October was opened by UK’s minister for maritime Nusrat Ghani. “The UK maritime industry has a vital role in improving air quality on and around water, and council members will be looking at innovative and practical ways to reduce emissions from the sector,” she said. “The Clean Maritime Plan will bring new opportunities for Britain’s businesses to design, develop and sell green solutions to this global challenge.”

The council highlighted several emission-cutting projects already underway in the UK, including battery and LNG-powered ferries in Scotland and between Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight; shore power available in Portsmouth, Fraserburgh and Brodick; and the Innovate UK funded research into direct hydrogen injection on a ferry in Orkney.