Low Carbon Shipping & Shipping in Changing Climates

A Research Led Consortium on Sustainable Shipping


Increased Capacity at Terminals and Reduction in Carbon Footprint Possible Through EcoHubs ICT Tools

  • 20% increase in terminal capacity
  • 50% reduction in carbon footprint

The EU funded EcoHubs R&D project (Environmentally COherent measures and interventions to debottleneck HUBS of the multimodal network favoured by seamless flow of goods) has successfully delivered a number of proven ICT tools which can increase capacity at ports and terminals, and can lead to significant reductions in carbon footprint.

Designed to support “Resource Efficient Europe”, the flagship initiative of the Europe 2020 Strategy, EcoHubs has, for the last 30 months, researched and developed the tools required for sustainable freight transport and logistics networks as part of a smart, safe, environmentally friendly and inclusive EU economy.

Adria Kombi, a leading combined transport operator in Slovenia is deploying the CCIS (Container Interfacing and Consolidation System) tool in conjunction with the ecoTAURuS (Ecohubs Truck Appointment & Unit Reporting Status Services) system at the Port of Koper and estimates that when fully implemented, this will lead to a 20% increase in capacity. This increase requires no additional physical infrastructure investment and an improvement of throughput by 15%, equating to a 1.6 – 2.3 Million Euros in turnover can be realised.

As part of its efforts to provide a complete CO2 footprint measuring system which can calculate and declare the energy consumption and GHG emissions of transport services, EcoHubs also developed the ITEC (Intermodal Terminal Eco-Efficiency Calculator) tool.

Original article can be found here: BMT Defense Services

Technologies for the high seas: meeting the climate challenge

Tyndall Manchester have published new research in the Journal of Carbon Management on technologies and engineering capability to deliver CO2 emission cuts in the shipping sector.

The research looks explicitly beyond incremental change, and uses a participative technology roadmapping process to explore opportunities for and barriers against ‘radical’ (urgent and deep) CO2 mitigation in the shipping sector. Promising technologies for delivering short-term cuts including wind-propulsion, small-scale fuel cells and some penetration of biofuels, benefiting from slow-steaming as a pre-requisite.

Through technology and engineering the outlook for the sector to significantly cut its CO2 emissions is promising. Full article

Shipping charts a high carbon course

A new commentary by Alice Bows-Larkin and Tyndall Manchester colleagues, published in Nature Climate Change discusses how the shipping industry expects ongoing growth in CO2 emissions to 2050, despite an apparent recent decline and that opportunities for decarbonizing the sector in line with international commitments on climate change need to be re-evaluated. Full article

Shipping in Changing Climates Conference 2015 - Call for Abstracts

24th-26th November - Glasgow, UK

In response to growing concerns about the environment and climate change, industry, academia and policy makers have been working on solutions for environmentally friendly, energy efficient and sustainable shipping.

Since 2011, an international conference has been organised annually to bring together experts from industry, academia and policy makers to present developments, share experience and develop joint actions to meet the 2050 targets for sustainable shipping. The successful Low Carbon shipping conferences in 2011, 2012 and 2013 were continued in 2014 as Shipping in Changing Climates (SCC 2014).

SCC 2015 will be hosted in Glasgow where the successful LCS 2011 conference was organised. The SCC 2015 international conference aims to facilitate exchange of knowledge, development of new ideas and enhancement of collaboration between industry and academia globally.

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TRA Visions 2016

Transport Research Arena 2016 will be the second time that the EU Champions of Transport Research Competition has run.  The competition recognises and celebrates leading researchers who are, or have recently been, contributing to surface transport EU-funded projects.  Successful candidates will have to demonstrate excellence and proven impacts in their field of research.

This competition will provide a platform to further disseminate knowledge and results from research projects in Surface Transport, promoting future synergies and further development of innovative ideas, in line with the strategic objectives of the TRA stakeholders. The Champions of Research Competition will act as a showcase for the very best EU-funded research and encourage the identification of current and future leaders in the field.

The competition will be promoted through the stakeholders in the consortium; national contact points; targeted contact co-ordinators; participants in EU-funded transport projects and the TRA conference itself.

Candidates will apply through the TRA Visions 2016 website (http://www.travisions.eu) using templates which are available on the website. 

Download the PDF here for full information

Navigating The Climate Change Challenge For Shipping

Cutting the shipping sector’s CO2 emissions in line with global climate change targets will need an approach that goes beyond current regulations, according to a new report by researchers from the Shipping in Changing Climates Consortium at UCL and the Tyndall Centre, University of Manchester. The new research presented to the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) illustrates the wide gap between what is needed to avoid 2°C of warming, compared with the current direction of travel of shipping CO2. The analysis shows how avoiding 2°C, whilst maintaining shipping’s present 2-3% share of total anthropogenic CO2, requires at least a halving of its CO2 emissions by 2050.‚Äč


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The report coincides with the submission to the IMO of a paper by the Republic of Marshall Islands calling for MEPC to agree a quantifiable and ambitious GHG emissions reduction target for international shipping.