Shipping in Changing Climates Project


Providing crucial input into long-term strategic planning for shipping, in order to enable the sector to transition the next few decades with minimum disruption of the essential global services that it provides.

The project is led by University College London and aims to create an enduring, multidisciplinary and independent research community strongly linked to industry and capable of informing the policy making process by developing new knowledge and understanding on the subject of the shipping system, its energy efficiency and emissions, and its transition to a low carbon, more resilient future.

Overall project objectives

The project will be undertaken using a research programme distributed across three thematic areas each with their own objectives:

  • Theme 1 Objective: The interconnection of ship design techniques and performance analysis with environmental conditions and operational strategy validated using real-world operator data to propose improvements to existing vessels and step-change solutions for future shipping.
  • Theme 2 Objective: To investigate plausible future developments of international trade and resource availability to produce a suite of global scenarios for shipping demand and its drivers. To assess a) the direct impacts of climate change and mitigation policies on the shipping system (including polices aimed specifically at ships and ports, or climate impacts on shipping infrastructure) and b) the equally important indirect impacts, such as the effect of energy system decarbonisation on the trade of fossil fuels, or climate impacts on key trading commodities.
  • Theme 3 Objective: Development of tools and their deployment in combination with the project's work on supply side energy efficiency and demand side drivers for the analysis of the different pathways for the shipping industry and how transitions can be accelerated.

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