Tinkering at the Margins
Jonathan Mosse, IWA’s Scotland representative, reflects on some opportunities…
At the end of November 2022, the British Ports Association (BPA) and the UK Chamber of Shipping jointly hosted their annual Scottish Parliamentary Maritime reception in Holyrood, with a sizeable grouping of MSPs, to discuss the sustainability and energy revolution in their sector. Delivering a Green Future for Scottish Shipping and Ports is the title of their latest report, with Scotland claiming to be leading the UK’s path to a green future, represented by its thrust to reach net zero by 2045, five years ahead of other nations’ targets.
Whilst the BPA acknowledges that there is an unquestionable role for the UK Government in securing ambitious international targets (Rishi Sunak made it to Sharm El-Sheik in the eleventh hour, after all) much of what is needed in Scotland can be delivered by the Scottish Government. Stuart Cresswell, BPA chair, observed that ‘We are living through a very important time for not only our industry, but for the nation as a whole as we transition towards the new world of low carbon. It is clear to everyone that Scotland’s ports have an absolutely pivotal role to play in delivering this vision.’
[Photo: Tanker and tug below Erskine Bridge on the River Clyde, by Jonathan Mosse]