28th July, 2016
The Canal & River Trust and Islington Council have won funding from DEFRA for electric charging points on the Regent’s Canal in Islington. Boaters will be able to use these charging points to top up their electricity and they will provide an alternative to running boat engines to generate energy.
The Trust is also developing a London mooring strategy for the capital and, working with boaters and other stakeholders, has discussed a range of ideas including eco-zones – where boats can get their power from electricity, not diesel engines – and how living on the waterways can be a sustainable and environmentally friendly choice. Islington is a popular spot for boats and the electric bollards could reduce the impact of engine noise and smoke that can affect both waterside residents and other boaters.
There will now be a period of discussions and consultations involving the Trust, the Council, boaters, canal users and other stakeholders to think about where the electric points should be located and how they should be managed.
Sorwar Ahmed, London boater liaison manager at Canal & River Trust, said: “In a busy city it’s more important than ever to be environmentally-minded and think about how the things you do can affect the people around you. Boaters live very close to nature and many are keen to embrace green initiatives like solar panels and clean fuel. I’m delighted that we’ve got the funding to trial these electric points, which will give boaters another option for topping up their batteries in town. Now we need to work with boaters and the wider community to see how they could work in practice.”
Cllr Claudia Webbe, executive member of environment and transport at Islington Council, said: “Islington Council is committed to cutting local engine emissions – particularly from diesel engines, which have a serious impact on health and air quality in our city.
“We have been working on this pioneering initiative for some time – it will remove the reliance many boaters have on using diesel engines to provide energy. We welcome this funding, which will help to provide a cleaner, better environment for residents, passers-by and boaters alike.”
The Trust will be keeping boaters updated via its monthly London Boating Bulletin and the website’s London pages. To sign up for the Bulletin or to get involved with the discussion on the bollards please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.