The Port of London Authority (PLA) funded an £80,000 network of air pollution monitors,which is ready to record the effect of emissions locally produced by cruise ships docking in Greenwich this summer.
The eight monitoring stations, all of them located near the Greenwich Ship Tier landing stage, will capture the data of the whole day with the raw data available via the websites of both the PLA and Breathe London. These eight monitoring stationd are in partnership with Breathe London and the borough councils covering both Greenwich and Tower Hamlets. A full analysis of the results will be published in early 2020.
Robin Mortimer, PLA chief executive said: “The data these monitors collect will give us a comprehensive understanding of the impact that the cruise ships have on air quality when they are in town.
“It’s crucial to have this information, so that we can address the concerns that we know are very strongly held by local residents.”
UK port are the first to produce The monitors which are part of the PLA’s Air Quality Strategy, published in May 2018. Challenging 25-year targets set out in the strategy include halving levels of Nitrogen Oxides and Particular Matter from river-related sources, whilst growing use of the river for carrying both freight and passengers.
A programme of retrofitting older vessels with the latest environmentally-friendly technology are already implemented.