Energy efficiency within the maritime sector

The growing demand for trans­portation result in increased energy usage and  emissions, affecting ­public health and the environment. It is essential to extend short-sea shipping in the EU in order to reduce the pressure on existing onshore infrastructure and to achieve emission targets. There are no simple solutions for reducing shipping pollution – a radical energy efficiency approach is called for.

The area of energy efficiency aims to implement alternative shipping designs, order processes and operation methods, as well as increase knowledge of energy efficiency measures within all the different parts of the global logistics chain.

There are several effective techniques for energy savings that reduce fuel consumption. To improve accuracy in the design of these techniques, it is important to develop trustworthy and experimental computation methods that lead to real energy  efficiency gains in order to avoid unnecessary expenditure through inadequate conversion of vessels.

Important areas:

  • New and innovative measures improving energy efficiency, including everything from ship design, technical modifications to improved logistics solutions, contracts and legislation.
  • Methods for verifying measures to minimise  any doubts  with regards to costs, possible savings in actual operation and other environmental effects. Development of measures within this area is required.
  • Improved practice. Research into the practice and organisation of energy efficiency is needed.
  • Climate control. The transition to reducing any negative effects on the climate by the  industry must be governed through legislation, standards and indexing, etc. Research is needed to obtain knowledge on which actions should be taken and facilitation of the transisition.