A switch to 100% renewable electricity for ships berthing at UK ports could reduce emissions, improve local air quality and save the UK up to £483m in health-related costs, according to a new report. The new report, published by Schneider Electric and consultants Ricardo, has suggested that all ships docked at UK ports should switch-off diesel engines and instead plug into the power grid to source renewable electricity. When ships berth, or “park up”, at harbours and docks many usually switch off main engines but keep diesel generators running to power various operations. The report notes that switching off these engines in favour of sourcing renewable energy from local grids, orchestrated by port authorities and terminal operators, could reduce UK emissions by 830,000 tonnes – an amount greater than the emissions of the UK’s entire bus fleet.
Edie 26th April 2018 read more »