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Heading towards Sustainable Shipping: innovations driving efficiency and reducing emissions

Heading towards Sustainable Shipping: innovations driving efficiency and reducing emissions

Monday, 19 May, 2014 -
11:00 to 12:30

The objective is to discuss the potential of innovative solutions to decrease the impact of shipping on climate change and public health. Examples of interesting solutions already on the market, as well as future more radical solutions, will be highlighted. A recently released report by EPSD, addressing more aspects of sustainable shipping will be presented.  In the end, there will be an interactive mentometer session, discussing the options for a path forward, in a European and a global perspective.   

The key messages will also be further developed during the workshop, based on the material presented by the speakers, and to some extent on the results from the interactive mentometer session.

Preliminary key messages are:

  • There are already technological solutions on the market that have not reached their full potential, partly due to lack of strong incentives.
  • Some actors have taken the lead, and already today perform beyond legislation.
  • There are several interesting future technological solutions with a potential to considerably improve environmental performance and reduce climate impact in the shipping sector.
  • How policy instruments should be designed and implemented on a European as well as on a global scale, is a key question to address.  


  • Björn Södahl, Research Coordinator, Chalmers University of Technology
  • Maria Svane, PhD, GMV at Chalmers University of Technology  (panel session)


  1. Dr. Martin Kröger, German Shipowners’ Association                                                       
  2. Kevin Cullinane, professor, University of Gothenburg                                                  
  3. Dr. Frank Dubielzig, Corporate Sustainability, Hamburg
  4. Jan Weitzenböck , PhD, Principal engineer, Materials Laboratory, DNV GL

Two additional persons will be invited to participate in the panel discussions, each making a short introductory statement; Pia Berglund - CEO of the Swedish Shipowners´ Association  and John Maggs - Seas at Risk

The Centre for Environment and Sustainability (GMV) and the Lighthouse Maritime Competence Centre, at Chalmers University of Technology/University of Gothenburg
VDR-German Shipowners’ Association