2nd International Conference on Technologies, Operations, Logistics & Modelling for Low Carbon Shipping

Tue, 18 September 2012

Over 70 delegates from UK and Continental European Universities and from industry (Lloyds Register, Damco, Dubai Ports World, Shell, Heineken, BMT, etc) gathered in Newcastle University this week to explore and debate how technology, economics and logistics can lower carbon emissions from shipping and ensure that the end-to-end maritime transport chain is more sustainable. The conference, the second in an ongoing series, was inspired by the Low Carbon Shipping: A Systems Approach project: an EPSRC funded consortium of 5 UK Universities (Newcastle, UCL, Strathclyde, Hull and Plymouth) looking at how all aspects of shipping can interact to reduce the industry’s carbon emissions. Over 30 presentations were made. And the solution? Shipping is set to grow considerably in future years and much needs more to be done to ensure it is as pollution free and sustainable as possible, and Newcastle University researchers are at the forefront of these efforts. For example conference co-chairman Professor John Mangan was one of the first to put forward the idea of port-centric logistics (in a seminal paper in 2008) and this concept is now being used by Dubai Ports World in their London Gateway port development, a huge £2 billion private sector investment which will handle some of the world's most efficient ships and also considerably lower landside transport emissions in the UK as detailed at the conference by Peter Ward of Dubai Ports World. Also detailed at the conference was the work of Paul Stott, Senior Lecturer at Newcastle University, who has conducted in-depth analysis of changes in global shipping lanes (such as the widening of the Panama Canal) and their contribution to lowering shipping's emissions.

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