- Project Dates: January 2010 - December 2012
- Project Leader: Melanie Landamore and John Mangan
- Staff: Alan Murphy, Michael Woodward, Paul Stott, Richard Birmingham, Patrick Rigot-Muller (all MAST), Prof David Campbell (NUBS).
- Sponsors: EPSRC
- Partners: UCL, University of Strathclyde, University of Hull, University of Plymouth, and 15 industry and government partners (including ship operators, designers, builders, technologists, brokers, classification society, NGOs, shipping industry clubs).
The Low Carbon Shipping (LCS) Consortium aims to reduce the CO2 emissions of the shipping industry. Shipping is estimated to be responsible for around 3-4% of anthropogenic CO2 and these emissions are on a trajectory to increase if no measures are taken. The high level aims of the consortium are to investigate:
- The relationship between transport logistics and future ship designs
- The future demand for shipping (in relation to other transport modes)
- The impacts of technical and policy emission reduction schemes on shipping
- Implementation barriers to technical and policy emission reduction
- The allocation and enforcement of emission allowances in policy scenarios
The identification of the best strategies for reducing the carbon emissions of the shipping sector requires a holistic understanding of how it functions technically, operationally and economically. Studies on individual topics will be integrated through a global model of shipping. This consortium is established in response to the recent concerns in climate change, oil price and regulation.
MAST are leading the work looking at logistics (WP3) and Economics and Environnmetnal Costing (WP4), and contributing to the identification and analysis of technologies for low carbon shipping (WP2).