Low Carbon Shipping & Shipping in Changing Climates

A Research Led Consortium on Sustainable Shipping


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. 

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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.

Third IMO GHG study 2014 - Seminar

The study of greenhouse gas emissions from ships (the Third IMO GHG Study 2014) was commissioned by the International Maritime Organisation as an update to the Second IMO GHG Study 2009. The objective was to review the impact of the global recession on shipping and produce new inventories and updated scenarios for the sector’s future emissions.

The study has been prepared on behalf of IMO by an international consortium led by the University College London (UCL) Energy Institute.

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The University of the South Pacific leads new IRENA report on Renewable Energy for International Shipping

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USP researchers are the lead authors of a major International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) technology review, “Renewable Energy Options for Shipping”. The new report from the UN Agency for Renewable Energy summarises the current status of renewable energy solutions for shipping, along with barriers and opportunities for further deployment. It provides recommendations to policy makers on promoting realistic renewable energy solutions, which can support energy efficiency and reduced emissions in the important and growing shipping sector. It is the first global review for this sector and the first time IRENA has looked seriously at the energy demands for sea transport.







Examples of Current Renewable Energy Shipping Designs

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Shipping in Changing Climates Conference 2014

Shipping in Changing Climates: Provisioning the Future

18th and 19th June 2014, Liverpool, UK

This was the first International Conference on Shipping in Changing Climates: provisioning the future, hosted as part of the EPSRC and industry funded Shipping in Changing Climates consortium project and during the International Festival for Business 2014

The conference took place at the Liverpool Hilton Hotel and was hosted by the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering, University of Manchester in association with academic partners: UCL Energy Institute, UCL Department of Mechanical Engineering, Marine Engineering at the University of Newcastle and the University of Strathclyde plus industry sponsors Lloyd’s Register and Shell.

Climate change poses great challenges for the shipping sector. It is a key element of consumption and production systems world-wide but what we consume and how goods for consumption are provisioned will both affect and be affected by climate change. This conference focuses on the shipping system to ask the following questions:

1. What types of technological, operational and other supply-side changes are needed to deliver a secure and resilient, low-carbon shipping system?
2. How might climate change policies and impacts in other sectors (e.g. the energy sector) influence patterns of trade and the demand for shipping?
3. What are the barriers and opportunities towards a radically decarbonised shipping system?

Topics the conference covered:

Trade and security
Climate impacts on trade routes, ships and ports
Low-carbon technologies and practices
Low carbon shipping policies (EEDI/EEOI) and progress towards decarbonisation
Financing change in shipping
Future scenarios
Radical change
Low-carbon consumption-production systems

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