Shipping on Lake Alster to become emission free

20 October 2023
New regulation on lowering CO2 to take effect in November - part of effort to achieve climate neutrality in Hamburg

A new regulation on emission-free shipping on Lake Alster will take effect in November as part of the "E-Mobility on the Alster" project. Under the regulation, all vessels with combustion engines are to be converted to e-driven-green electricity to meet the stipulations in Hamburg's climate plan, according to the Ministry for the Environment. The plan foresees a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in shipping. The ministry expects climate-neutral shipping on the Elbe tributary is expected to save 900 metric tons of C02 per year.. 

All electric vehicles on lake from 2030 onwards

 "We are creating the legal framework required to come another step closer to Hamburg's ambitious climate targets. Stakeholders on the Alster are gaining experience with zero-emission drives themselves," said Jens Kerstan, Senator for the Environment. Under the new regulation, boats and ships without a licence to operate on the lake will only be allowed to use electric propulsion from January 1, 2025. Vehicles licenced before then have a transitional period until 2030. A funding scheme to the amount of EUR 1.26  million has been set up for the conversion and acquisition of new watercraft owned by registered clubs until late 2025.



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