Low Carbon Shipping & Shipping in Changing Climates

A Research Led Consortium on Sustainable Shipping


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

Click here for publications from the conference.