E4tech identifies potential UK clusters of clean maritime activity

June 2021

The UK’s Clean Maritime Plan set out the Government’s roadmap to decarbonise the domestic maritime sector by 2050. The Plan set an ambition for the UK to have built a number of clean maritime clusters, combining innovation and infrastructure for the use of zero emission propulsion technologies, across the country by 2035. To inform UK policy in this area, the Plan committed to undertake a study to ‘identify and support potential UK zero emission shipping clusters’. This study delivers on that commitment.

The work, commissioned by UK Department for Transport (DfT) and delivered by E4tech and UMAS,  finds a wide range of UK locations where innovation strengths could combine with local demand for clean solutions, providing a foundation for maritime clusters. New fuels and propulsion technologies open doors for new supply chains to form, but also for existing sectors to evolve on the basis of established strengths.

DfT is using this research to better understand the opportunities and challenges arising from clustering and the role that policy can play.


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