Low Carbon Shipping – a Systems Approach

From January 2010 to December 2012
Project Leader(s): Professor John Mangan, Melanie Landamore
Staff: The lead investigators at Newcastle are: Professor John Mangan and Melanie Landamore, both of the School of Marine Science and Technology. Other university colleagues working on the project include Professor Richard Birmingham, Dr Michael Woodward and Dr Alan Murphy, all at the School of Marine Science and Technology, and Dr David Campbell from Newcastle University Business School.
Contact: Professor John Mangan, Contact person (name and e-mail) Professor John Mangan, email:
Sponsors: Funded by the EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) and Industry
Partners: Industry partners: Lloyds, Shell, BP, Rolls Royce and Maersk. Academic partners: University College London, Newcastle University, University of Hull, University of Strathclyde and University of Plymouth.

We are endeavouring to reduce the carbon footprint of the entire maritime transport chain.The overall aim of the research project is to investigate holistically the complex relationships between shipping and emissions now and into the future to 2050. The research project, ‘Low carbon shipping – a systems approach’ will help the shipping industry meet the recommended levels of emissions reduction required to avoid climate change. 90% of goods in the UK arrive by ship and there are estimates which suggest that shipping contributes 3.3% of man-made CO2 emissions.  Scientists are concerned that by 2050 shipping's share of global emissions could rise significantly - potentially up to 20-30% and initiatives to prevent this rise are desperately needed. 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 model will then be run under a range of foreseeable future scenarios (regulatory, fiscal, economic) to determine the likely costs and impact of a variety of methods to reduce shipping’s CO2 emissions.


Professor D John Mangan
Professor of Marine Transport and Logistics