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Speakers and audience at the Port of London Authority’s Greening
Inland Shipping conference were all in agreement over the need to adopt new fuels and technologies to reduce emissions from inland vessels. Economics,  nances, the drivers for innovation and a wide range of solutions and case studies from elsewhere were discussed, including better performing internal combustion engines, hybrid technology, shore power, all-electric, hydrogen and fuel cells. Shifting to greener inland vessels and fuels to reduce or eliminate emissions “isn’t going
to be a free choice for operators for very much longer”, said Port of London Authority Chairman Christopher Rodrigues. He warned: “I think the regulatory horizon is going to tighten in on us much more quickly than people might think.” Regulatory confusion on the tidal Thames was one issue raised: there were said to be 21 regulators in all, including the PLA, the Greater London Authority (GLA), the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, the Canal and River Trust, and all of the riparian boroughs neighbouring the river. “This means there can’t be a level playing  eld,” said Shirley Rodrigues, the GLA’s Deputy Mayor, Environment and Energy. “We continue to press our case for a single regulatory regime.
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We need more clarity and simpli cation – the existing system means we don’t know quite what is going on and people don’t want to take up new technology because it is not being driven by one regulator. We need that regime to support that change. We can’t wait for natural churn and inactivity by some to respond to the climate emergency.”

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