School of Engineering


CNSS – Clean North Sea Shipping

Although it is one of the most environmentally-friendly modes of transport in terms of transport effort per unit impact, shipping makes a significant contribution to air pollution, especially in terms of Oxides of Nitogen (NOX) and Sulphur (SOX) as well as Particulate Matter (PM). Furthermore, with the requirement for increased transportation by sea, there exists a conflict between this economic interest and the public, who are increasingly concerned about environmental and health issues. This contradiction is particularly evident in ports and regional shipping areas, which are located close to urban districts. 

In Clean North Sea Shipping, efficient and effective technological and logistic solutions are being developed to create transparent and cost effective solutions, facilitating a sustainable enlargement of regional shipping and associated infrastructure while introducing successful air quality improvement programmes. The project is taking a holistic approach, jointly considering ships, ports, energy infrastructure, regulatory and incentive schemes and regional planning, with contributing partners representing all major stakeholders including ports, businesses, public authorities, NGOs, research institutes and Universities.

Project Objectives

To make efforts on reduction of air pollution and greenhouse gas emission from shipping through research and application of available and new technologies, methods and infrastructure that result in cost-effective and cleaner energy supply and usage for ships and vessels operating in the North Sea region and associated harbours.

Project Outcomes