Funding initiative to improve Thames Air Quality enters third phase

A funding initiative which aims to help commercial and freight passenger boat operations along the River Thames retrofit their craft in order to improve air quality enters its third phase.

The £500,000 initiative is run by the Cross River Partnership, a non-profit organisation. The organisation has confirmed its third round of funding as part of an ongoing ‘Clean Air Thames’ project, originally funded by the Mayor’s Air Quality Fund.

Currently, 50% of London’s air pollution comes from vehicles that use the city’s roads. It is thought that as rules on vehicle emissions become stricter, more goods and services could be delivered via the Thames instead.

Operators will be able to prepare for future policy restrictions on emissions by retrofitting their vessels as well as helping to support the Port of London Authority’s Air Quality Strategy. Which looks to reduce nitrogen oxide pollution and particular matter by 98% over the next 25 years.

Successful applicants of the first round of funding, which closed in December 2019, included GPS Marine Contractors Ltd, GPS Anglia, and the Port of London Authority’s 14-meter craft, Driftwood ll.

For more information on the initiative, visit https://crossriverpartnership.org/projects/clean-air-thames/

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