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CRT Press Release

 

8 October 2018

 

ECO-MOORING ZONE IN DEVELOPMENT IN ISLINGTON

 

The Canal & River Trust and Islington Council are creating an ‘eco-mooring zone’ for visiting boats between York Way and Danbury Street on the Regent’s Canal.  Supported by funding from Defra, the zone will include electric charging points to provide boaters with an alternative to running boat engines to generate energy.

 

This comes as the issue of air quality gains greater public attention, with both local and national Government increasingly committed to measures to reduce air pollution in cities.

 

Research from the Trust shows that, while the impact of boat emissions is minimal in comparison to pollution from road traffic, the people most at risk from engine fumes are boaters themselves.  Using cleaner sources of energy, like electric charging points, will benefit boaters’ health.

 

While living on the waterways can be a sustainable and environmentally friendly choice, in some busy areas the impact of engine noise and fumes can affect both waterside residents and other boaters.  Boaters live close to nature and many are keen to embrace ‘green’ initiatives like solar panels and clean fuel.  The new ‘eco-mooring zone’ will enable boaters to reduce their reliance on using their engines for energy and to embrace a greener way of life.

 

With grant funding from Defra secured, alongside their own contributions, Islington Council and the Trust will now work together to implement the scheme, including defining the area the eco-mooring zone will cover, with plans for the site to go live in October 2019.  There will then be a transition period of a further two years, during which there will be no running of diesel engines or generators permitted on site, and a progressive encouragement for boaters mooring here to move from burning of solid fuels to electricity for their heating and cooking.

 

Ros Daniels, Director for London and the South East at Canal & River Trust, said: “Many boaters are keen to embrace green initiatives and often have already established a smaller environmental ‘footprint’ as they pursue a low impact way of life.  However, some urban areas can present particular challenges.  In Islington, the ‘funnel’ effect created by the canyon around the Islington Tunnel section of the Regent’s Canal means that noise and fumes can have a greater impact than in other areas.  The new eco-mooring zone will significantly reduce these problems, as well as giving boaters the opportunity to increase their use of mains electricity as an energy source.

 

“While the impact of canal boats on air quality is minimal when compared to other sources of pollution, we appreciate that the local effects can be perceived as a problem and we are pleased to work with Islington Council and, with Defra’s support, to introduce this new facility over the next year.”

 

Cllr Claudia Webbe, Islington Council’s Executive Member for Environment and Transport, said: “Islington is the most densely-populated borough in the country and the boating community are an important part of that vibrant mix.  At the same time there are high levels of air pollution across Islington, making this a very serious issue for every one of us – it is literally a matter of life and death.

 

“The potential for bringing cleaner power to the canal is an exciting and ground-breaking development that will surely benefit boat owners and all those who use and enjoy the canal and towpaths, as well as neighbours in the immediate surroundings.

 

“While recognising the challenges for some boat owners in leaving diesel generators and solid fuel burners behind in favour of electricity, the benefits for all of using a cleaner, greener fuel are clear

 

“I look forward to working with the boating community and the Canal & River Trust on monitoring the success of this positive step forward.”

 

During the transition period there will be ongoing work with the boating community to identify the support required to move fully to electrical power. Islington Council and the Trust will act together to support this, including offering training and technical advice.  Towards the end of the transition period, in 2021, there will be an evaluation of the progress made ahead of the implementation of the full restrictions planned for the eco-mooring zone.  This will include looking at the wider availability of electric charging infrastructure across London’s waterways, the impact of tighter restrictions on boaters and the use of these moorings, on local air quality measures, and the wellbeing of local residents.

 

The commitment to an eco-mooring zone is part of the Trust’s London Mooring Strategy, which was developed in consultation with boaters to address the unique challenges, and opportunities, of boating in the capital.

 

ENDS

 

For further media requests please contact the Canal & River Trust press office:

T: 0203 3204 4514 E: press.office@canalrivertrust.org.uk

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It's at least 2 years since this was first suggested, to placate the residents overlooking the moorings, and will be another year before electricity is actually available and another 2 after that before they decide if it is viable. 

 

Don't work too hard. 

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Is there going to be a checkpoint at either end of the mooring where you can leave your stove and genny until you move on.

If just passing through, perhaps Islington council can issue charcoal chimney inserts to alleviate fumes, you can hand them back at the other end.

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I like the words 'progressive encouragement' and ' reduce their reliance on'.

Maybe in 2028.

Maybe I will have bought a caravan by then?

 

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23 minutes ago, Mike the Boilerman said:

 

Lol.

 

What planet are these idiot bureaucrats living on?!

 

:banghead:

Unfortunately Mike the same one you and I live on.

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13 hours ago, matty40s said:

Is there going to be a checkpoint at either end of the mooring where you can leave your stove and genny until you move on.

If just passing through, perhaps Islington council can issue charcoal chimney inserts to alleviate fumes, you can hand them back at the other end.

 

I suspect it will be like the low emision zones on London's roads. Daily fines (a nice revenue earner) for the non-compliant, hence most boaters will avoid London and continue to pollute and those who choose to live there will buy electric heaters.

 

However it will get rolled out to other major cities, so best visit those by boat now whilst you can.

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I see from the BBC news page today that Amsterdam’s canal trip boats are all having to be electric by 2025. At vast expense up front, but with cost savings over time.

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Broads Authority are installing more power points on moorings this year

 

edit to add

 

Our operations team will soon be starting works at our Neatishead Mooring to install electric charging pillars.

It is expected that the site will be closed between Monday 26 November and will be re-opened ASAP before Sunday 2 December. We advise boaters to seek alternative moorings during this period whilst the works are being undertaken.

In January the electric pillars will be connected to the mains which will entail a further day’s work by UK Power Networks planned for Thursday January 17 2019.

The final stage of installation will then be arranged with the supplier to make the electric pillars on site live in the February/March period.

For any site works enquiries, please contact the Maintenance Supervisor on 07795 107235.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Edited by ditchcrawler

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