In the submission, we:
- Stressed the importance of built heritage as well as natural heritage, which we believe is not fully taken into account in the Bill.
- Highlighted that emissions from boats on the inland waterways are relatively small compared to other sources countrywide, but cannot be ignored if the UK is to reach zero CO2 emissions by 2050. The widespread provision of shore power mains connection charging sites would be a key way of addressing this. We also included the other findings of our Sustainable Propulsion Group’s vision paper.
- Raised concerns about the impact on navigation authorities and restoration societies working to bring canals and formerly navigable rivers back into full use. The increasingly complex application processes are often viewed as merely bureaucratic exercises, and the licence costs and permit fees charged to these groups can be financial burdens.
- Evidenced how biodiversity net gain is an opportunity to demonstrate the valuable role that waterway restoration plays in the enhancement of habitats and increase of flora and fauna across the country. A number of suggestions were put forward for how biodiversity net gain credits could benefit waterway restoration schemes.