The potential for increased energy efficiency in shipping is evident. Still, actors in shipping appear reluctant to act on these seemingly cost-efficient measures. This situation is seen in many sectors and is commonly called an “energy-efficiency gap”. Decades of research in other sectors have used a multitude of research frameworks; from mainstream neo–classical economics, to organizational theory and social psychology, aiming to explain and understand this situation. Research has been directed to informing policy makers as well as managers of firms.
This research project has an overarching aim – to contribute to bridging to the energy efficiency gap in shipping. The project will initially be centered on understanding and developing best practice for shipping companies who want to become more energy efficient, and thus better understand what drivers and barriers are important in this process. More specifically, an action research approach is taken into implementing an energy management system according to ISO 50001 in two Swedish shipping companies, Laurin Maritime and Transatlantic. Part of this research is also DNV, supporting with knowledge from their own energy efficiency projects.
Project webpage: http://energyefficientshipping.wordpress.com/