What is the objective of the Green Scheme?
The aim of this scheme is to support adoption of new technologies and raise awareness of environmental issues on the river, helping to create a healthier environment for the people and wildlife. For operators, the scheme is a way to showcase environmental performance to the public and use it as a tool to support continuous improvement.
What are the target groups?
The initial target groups are commercial and services vessel operators that operate on the inland waterway; it will not yet be applied to recreational river users.
Do I have to pay a fee to participate in the Green Scheme as an operator or incentive provider?
No. The Thames Green Scheme is a voluntary, free-of-charge scheme for all inland commercial and services vessel operators to join and to demonstrate their environmental performance. It is also free for stakeholders, such as local authorities, services providers, suppliers, to join the scheme as an incentive provider, demonstrating their corporate social responsibility, supporting environmental performance improvements and promoting sustainable business.
How is the score calculated?
The scheme involves scoring upon multiple parameters to provide a detailed assessment of environmental performance and is separated into two main parts – corporate and vessel specific. For details, see the About section of this website.
When will I receive my result after submitting my information?
In most cases, you will be notified of the outcome within 15 working days after the submission of your data.
Who have access to my results and data?
Is there any audit process?
The Green Scheme is mainly relying on self-declaration and verified with spot checks by our Marine Services surveyors/ Marine River Inspectors and random requisition of photo/certificate evidence. Operators can also arrange an audit for their vessels, for a fee.
How long the certificate is valid for?
Each organisation will sit in a tier of scores that can be updated routinely, as improvement are made. In general, the Tier will be reviewed annually; we will certainly encourage operators to update their information at least once a year.
- Improve your vessel efficiency: See the Best Practice Guidance for Inland Fleet Operators for more information.
- Connect to shore-power: Use the shore-power cost-benefit appraisal tool to estimate the payback period for upfront investment.
- Adopt green technologies: See the Emission Reduction Roadmap for more information on what technologies are available and applicable; Learn from some early adopters on the Thames
- Organise a little pick for your organisation. For more information: https://cleaningthethames.pla.co.uk/
- Enhance wildlife and here are some ideas: Bird feeder, bird boxes, bat boxes, bug hotels
- Calculate your carbon footprint.
- Eliminate sewage discharge into the river.
The Thames Green Scheme is not responsible for the content of external sites.
Is there a punishment for not meeting requirements for the lowest tier?
The Green Scheme is a voluntary scheme to demonstrate environmental performance.