• 2021 March 1 10:41

    New research: unlocking a triple-win for UK ports and shipping

    New research highlights that Government support for “shore-power” is essential to unlock a triple-win of cleaner air, lower climate pollution, and smart 21st century electricity grids in UK ports. Shore-power, the provision of electricity for ships while in dock so they don’t need to use their diesel engines, is taking off in Europe, but is held back in the UK by high electricity taxes and a lack of Government support.

    Governments in France, Germany, Norway, Denmark and Sweden are helping their ports deploy shore-power, with grants for investment and reductions in electricity taxes. But the UK is not. The imminent Transport Decarbonisation Plan is a big opportunity for the UK Government to rectify this and meaningful support should start as soon as this week’s Budget.

    The research, undertaken by the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at the University of Manchester, gathered evidence from across the maritime sector and beyond – ports, shipping companies, equipment suppliers and network operators.

    Its findings revealed that there is widespread interest in shore-power for dramatically reducing the emissions from ships whilst they are in port. There is a strong consensus that electrification is a key part of the decarbonisation solution for maritime and that its use should grow.

    However, the research also laid bare the barriers to this potential being realised. Shore-power projects are difficult and expensive, with few if any going ahead worldwide without Government support. And ports are often constrained by lack of energy network capacity in their area– and complex regulation of the energy system.

    The report argues that these barriers can be overcome, with a central role for Government through:

    An investment fund to support the development of shorepower projects by 2025;
    A consultation on reductions in electricity taxation for shore-power to allow it to compete fairly with marine diesel oil, as is the case in some competitor nations;
    A commitment to put in place a zero-emission regulatory standard for vessels in port; and
    A commitment to enabling wider port electrification and smart grids through changes to electricity network planning and regulation.
    Tim Morris, CEO of the UK Major Ports Group, said “Ports and the maritime sector are committed to reducing emissions and playing their crucial role in a net zero future for the UK. Today’s research shows the hunger from industry to increase electrification of its activities. We as industry know we have more to do, but Government has an essential enabling role to play. Government needs to back its ambition and targets with investment support and improvements to the energy system”.

    Mark Simmonds, Director of Policy and External Affairs for the British Ports Association, said “This is a big year for maritime and there is now a firm consensus as to the main barriers to the widespread electrification of ports, including the installation of shore power for ships. The industry is ambitious and committed to its role in supporting the reduction of emissions from ships and this report helps to demonstrate that there is clear role for Government here, too.”

    Simon Bullock, the lead researcher on the report from the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at the University of Manchester, said “Many European Governments have strong policy support for their ports to deploy shore-power. The UK does not – the imminent Transport Decarbonisation would be the ideal place to rectify this.”

    The British Ports Association published its own paper on shore power in 2020. It found that no ports in the world have installed shore power without public funding or subsidy and that a green maritime fund is needed in UK to support emissions reductions for ships at berth.

    About the UK Major Ports Group
    The UK Major Ports Group is the trade body for the UK’s major port operators. It represents nine of the top ten port operators in UK. Our members collectively handle 75% of the UK’s port volumes through 40 ports.. UKMPG members together already invest around £500 million per year in the UK’s ports and related infrastructure.

    About the British Ports Association
    The British Ports Association is a national membership body for ports, represents the interests of over 100 port members, covering more than 400 ports, terminal operators and port facilities that handle 86% of all UK port traffic, to Westminster and devolved Governments, and other national and international bodies.

    About the Tyndall Centre
    The Tyndall Centre is a partnership of universities bringing together researchers from the social and natural sciences and engineering to develop sustainable responses to climate change.




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