Maritime Decarbonization


Summer Academy - Maritime Decarbonization

Summer Academy - Maritime Decarbonization



26 - 30 August 2024
Malmö, Sweden

About the Course

Maritime transport is an essential pillar for world trade, carrying over 80% of international merchandise by volume. Around 3% of global anthropogenic emissions are ascribed to shipping, and the industry is at the beginning of one of its greatest technical, economic and operational transformations as it prepares to transition to zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. 

In July2023, the IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 80) adopted the 2023 IMO Strategy on Reduction of GHG Emissions from Ships. Reducing GHG emissions is an inevitable challenge that the maritime industry must navigate, but it is simultaneously a great opportunity.

The WMU Summer Academy launched its initial programme in 2022 with a focus on Maritime Decarbonization, offering a forum for education and discussion on reducing GHG emissions from shipping. The philosophy behind the Maritime Decarbonization course is that the inevitable maritime energy transition is an opportunity for the industry. Maritime transport inherently offers the lowest GHG emissions and energy consumption per transport mode, and the maritime industry has a wide range of technical possibilities for energy saving and replacement of fossil energy with sustainable options. Maritime transport also has great opportunities for adopting carbon free energy sources given the dimensions of commercial vessels, and that vast renewable energy resources are available on the world’s oceans.

The Maritime Decarbonization course takes a holistic approach to maritime decarbonization by looking at regulatory, social, environmental, technological and economic challenges. In the unique international setting provided by WMU, through a combination of lectures and participant interaction, the course will highlight the complexity of the issues surrounding decarbonization of shipping while looking for solutions. The course covers fundamental international regulations, technical aspects of ship design, future energy technologies including wind and solar power, and looks at the economic mechanisms that determine to a large extent the plausible pathways for decarbonization in the context of supply chain and financing.

About the Summer Academy

The World Maritime University (WMU) is a unique academic institution, founded within the framework of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), a specialized agency of the United Nations. The University has a reputation for bringing together stakeholders such as academics, researchers, professionals, and industry to explore cross-cutting topics facing the maritime industry. The WMU Summer Academy provides a unique opportunity for these stakeholders to gather and share knowledge, as well as collaborate on potential solutions that will directly benefit the maritime industry.


The WMU Summer Academy course on Maritime Decarbonization is coordinated by Professor Aykut Ölcer and will be delivered by a team of WMU Faculty and researchers.



Participants who complete the WMU Summer Academy on Maritime Decarbonization should:

  • Understand the regulatory framework of air pollution resulting from international shipping including the UN 2030 Agenda  
  • Gain a deeper understanding of different technical and operational options for decarbonizing the maritime sectors
  • Grasp current innovation in the maritime industry, with a focus on future energy technologies, and GHG reductions
  • Be familiar with the range of financing mechanisms and potential government support (financial incentives) to facilitate the energy transition of the shipping sector 
  • Be familiar with the wide range of actors in the maritime sector including ports 

Participant Profile

This Summer Academy course is open to individuals interested in gaining a thorough understanding of the maritime decarbonization and IMO/EU GHG reduction strategies for the shipping sector and those interested in acquiring further skills for career development. This includes graduate/PhD students, researchers, and other academics, as well as industry professionals (maritime companies, shore personnel, naval architects, and marine engineers), shipping and port/shipyard professionals (engineers, managers, and executives) and other individuals engaged in decarbonization and the processes of the IMO GHG Strategy.

Key Facts

Key Facts


Participants are awarded a Certificate of Completion and also receive an official programme from the WMU Summer Institute that outlines the topics covered.

Course Structure

Day 1 - Regulatory Framework

Day 2 - Ship Design and Operation

Day 3 - Future Technologies

Day 4 - Supply Chain and Financing Decarbonization

Day 5 - Networking, Workshops, and Wrap-Up




Participants should be at the end of their course of study, or have already completed their master’s Studies or PhD and/or have several years of equivalent professional experience in the field.

Participants will be selected based on curriculum vitae, academic and professional career, and letter of motivation.

Please note that the Maritime Decarbonization Summer Academy is delivered in English and participants should be able to follow the delivery of the course in this language.

Key Dates

Course Dates: 26 - 30 August 2024
Application deadlines: Open enrollment period


Professionals -  $ 1,750
Students/WMU Alumni -  $ 1,000

Fees include:

  • in-class attendance with access to learning material
  • refreshments (morning and afternoon coffee breaks) and lunches provided during the programme delivery

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All applications must be completed online. Paper applications are not available.

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