Stop pollution from London's cruise liner terminal
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Plans for London's cruise liner terminal at Enderby Wharf were approved by Greenwich Council and the former Mayor of London in 2015. Since then, residents and community organisations from Greenwich and Tower Hamlets have been fighting for a clean port through the planning system, at the High Court, City Hall and the EU. In the light of the Government's recent announcement to ban diesel and petrol cars from 2040, we urge Michael Gove to look urgently at London's cruise terminal proposals and to oversee the introduction of a clean energy supply of onshore power for cruise ships visiting London.
Why is a clean energy supply for cruise liners necessary? One cruise liner in port burns the equivalent 700 litres of dirty diesel per hour and emits the equivalent in pollution of 688 Heavy Goods Vehicles. The diesel used by cruise liners is one hundred times more toxic than cars or vans or lorries. The particulates close to a cruise liner's funnel exhaust are twice as high as those found at Piccadilly Circus.
It is simply nonsensical and perverse to start with the long-term issue of banning diesel cars whilst giving the cruise industry a free hand to pump toxic fumes into London's air and into locals' lungs.
The cruise liner terminal is being built on the Thames riverside in East Greenwich and near the Greenwich Peninsular which has designated for major residential development. Thousands of new homes are being built, the residents of which will effectively be living on top of a chimney stack. Residential developments closest to the terminal include the River Gardens, Barratt Home's Enderby Wharf and Weston Homes and Cathedral Group's Telegraph Works.
Greenwich Borough has some of the poorest air quality in London and is deemed an Air Quality Management Zone. Emissions concentrations in areas throughout the borough are above EU emissions standards.
Across the UK, 40,000 people a year die early due to the harmful effects of poor air quality.
Mayor Sadiq Khan wants London to be a zero emissions zone by 2025, and the Government has banned the use of diesel transport on road from 2040 so why is London building a dirty and polluting cruise liner terminal?
London deserves a 21st century cruise port with a clean on shore energy supply, such as many European ports are delivering including Hamburg and some Baltic and Dutch ports.
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