An £80,000 network of air pollution monitors, funded by the Port of London Authority (PLA), is in place ready to record the effect of emissions locally from cruise ships docking in Greenwich this summer.
The eight monitoring stations were installed in partnership with Breathe London and the borough councils covering both Greenwich and Tower Hamlets.
Located close to the Greenwich Ship Tier landing stage, they will capture data around the clock with the raw data available via the websites of both the PLA and Breathe London.
A full analysis of the results will be published in early 2020.
Robin Mortimer, PLA chief executive said: “It’s crucial to have this information, so that we can address the concerns that we know are very strongly held by local residents.”
The monitors are part of the PLA’s Air Quality Strategy, published in May 2018, the first to be produced by a UK port.
Measures already implemented include a programme of retrofitting older vessels with the latest environmentally-friendly technology.
In January 2019, the PLA also doubled to ten per cent its Green Tariff discount available to International Maritime Organisation registered vessels with an Environmental Ship Index rating of 30 or more, whose environmental performance goes over and above legal requirements.
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