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Scientific evidence suggests, with high confidence, that climate change is happening now and that it is the result of greenhouse gas emissions caused dominantly by human activities, such as the burning of fossil fuels.

The emissions, both air pollutants and greenhouse gases, to air from maritime activities is a health and environmental priority in the UK and has been identified as being one of the top issues for ports in Europe.


Generating power from the sun and wind is now well established and helps reduce carbon emissions of power generation in the country even further. There are also more innovative ways to utilise the river for reducing emissions, if done responsibly and in the right places along the estuary.

Sustainability is based on the concept of leaving the earth in a better state for nature, people and economics, than we received it and we are committed to this for the tidal Thames as its custodians. We are also continually working hard to improve our own operations and reduce our impact on the environment as the climate, world and work we do also changes.


The Port of London Authority hosts events devoted to the environment throughout the year, including the annual Environment Conference, annual Greening Inland Shipping Conference, and an Emission Reduction Workshop for Inland Operators on the tidal Thames, to share experiences and allow discussion among our stakeholders.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Environment of the River Thames.