Sustainable Shipyards Webinar
On 16 March, the World Maritime University (WMU) hosted a webinar entitled “Applying a Trans-disciplinary Shipyard Energy Management Framework: A Strategic Analysis from Concept to Case Study”. The webinar provided insights on clean and green shipyards and the process of designing and developing a trans-disciplinary framework for energy management in shipyards, including the results of case studies.
The main energy-consuming phases in the life cycle of ships can be divided into ship design, production, operation and scrapping. The greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from ship operation are regulated by the International Maritime Organization (IMO). However, the air emissions from ship production and scrapping are not taken into account by any internationally binding regulation. The Paris Agreement places the responsibility for reducing GHG emissions not only on States but also on individuals and industries, and the shipbuilding industry is no exception, requiring States to take shipyards GHG emissions into account in their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).
Shipbuilding is an energy-intensive industry and has negative environmental impacts. Given the contribution of the production phase to the life cycle air emissions of ships, there is no international regulation to monitor, control or reduce air emissions during this phase. However, it may be covered under the Paris Agreement NDCs. Achieving a zero emission shipping industry requires a broader, holistic, systematic and "cradle to grave" approach that takes into account the life cycle of the ship, from production to scrapping.
The webinar was moderated by WMU Professor, Dr Aykut I. Ölcer. Panelists included WMU Assistant Professor, Dr Fabio Ballini and Research Assistant, Captain Seyed Vahid Vakili. Nearly 100 participants from 42 countries joined the event that was open to the general public.
To access the recorded webinar, click here.
About the WMU Alumni Webinar Series
The Knowledge for Life WMU Alumni Webinar series was launched in 2019 with the aim of keeping WMU graduates connected with the cutting edge research and work of WMU faculty. Many of the webinars are open and available to the public. WMU Alumni Webinar available video links are provided below.