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How air quality will direct the future of our industry. The Government’s call for evidence

Published on: 01 August 2019

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Last month, the Department for Transport (DFT) published its Clean Maritime Plan and opened a Call for Evidence to assess the impact of standardising environmental regulations for all domestic vessels.

So, what does this actually mean and what is it for? The Government wants to find out how many boats there are in the UK, how old they are and the size of their engines. It also wants to find out how prepared the UK marine industry and its infrastructure is to face the challenge of an emissions free future.

This evidence will then be used to assess the impact of these boats and our industry on air quality in the UK and how the Government will be able to encourage and challenge the industry and its customers to meet its air quality objectives.

The marine industry needs to ensure that the Government has all the information it needs to make the right decisions, as those decisions will affect all those involved in the sector.

This Call for Evidence is applicable to ALL vessels operating in inland and coastal UK waters and will impact all aspects of the UK marine industry including marinas, boat yard operations, brokers, boatbuilders, operators and equipment manufacturers. Powered vessels used for commercial or recreational purposes are all within scope of this Call for Evidence.

While the Call for Evidence focuses on quantifiable information as it is intended to inform wider public policy, DfT recognises that in many cases qualitative evidence may be very important in informing next steps and will use the information to explore its options.

British Marine strongly urges all members to take part in the consultation and submit their feedback via this form and email to domesticshipping@dft.gov.uk

British Marine will continue working closely with the DfT and will update members accordingly during the course of the six month consultation period.

If you do have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Brian Clark at bclark@britishmarine.co.uk.