Start/End: January 2010 to December 2012
Project Leader: Professor John Mangan
Partners: UCL, Hull University, Strathclyde University, Plymouth University, BP, UK Major Ports Group, Shell, WWF and Maersk
The shipping industry is a significant emitter of CO2, a greenhouse gas. Unchecked these emissions are likely to grow over the next decades and could constitute up to 18% of anthropogenic CO2 emissions by 2050, which would increase the likelihood of dangerous climate change. This research project, funded by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), is studying the individual components of the global shipping system in order to guide the development of technologies and operational strategies for the reduction of shipping’s CO2 emissions.
This will include accounting for improvements in ship design occurring through use of new and emerging technologies, improvements in logistic chains and ship operations, efficiency improvements in port operations and interconnecting transport systems, economic changes around the world that will occur with global warming, and the impact of regulation and incentivisation schemes including carbon trading and fuel tax. The individual studies will be integrated into a holistic model of shipping systems, which will in turn help shipping contribute to the ‘sustainable supply chain’.
Professor Mehmet Atlar
Professor of Ship Hydrodynamics
Professor Richard Birmingham
Professor of Small Craft Design
Miss Melanie Landamore
Professor John D Mangan
Professor of Marine Transport and Logistics
Dr Alan Murphy
Dr Michael Woodward