The EU’s four-year Joint Operation for Ultra Low Emission Shipping (JOULES) project has accepted challenges for the European Maritime Industry to significantly reduce energy consumption, emission of climate gases and other harmful pollutants at their conference last Wednesday in Hamburg. Leading European shipyards and their suppliers, universities and consultants in the maritime sector have formed a consortium to examine the potential of future design concepts. Commenting during the conference, Professor Olav Hohmeyer, an external adviser to the project, said: “The JOULES project has given great insight into the challenges related to a considerable reduction of greenhouse gases in shipping. Apart from the continued improvement of energy efficiency, social consensus about the need for clean and renewable energy sources in the climate protection strategy is vital and not only in shipping.”
Collaboration between industry and colleges
JOULES has recommended a catalogue of short and long-term political measures such as incentives and securing equal competitive conditions under new regulations. Peter Crawley, EU Project Office for JOULES, noted: “JOULES has shown what can be achieved when industry and universities from all over Europe work closely together on developing a strategy and outline practical, innovative solutions with substantial influence. At the end of JOULES, I look forward to learning how the results achieved with EU funding can be used further.“
Results of project
Some 22 case studies have shown how design concepts for various types of ships in European shipyards can meet the outlined targets by 2025 and 2050. The simulation of the vessels energy grid in the early design stage is crucial. The impact on ship design with respect to integrating proven and innovative technologies in vessels energy grids will be assessed from an economical point of view. The environmental impact taking into account the cradle to grave concept will also be evaluated in depth. A new holistic approach to ship design for two future scenarios (2025 and 2050) will be realized, lifting the potential of the European Maritime Industry to contribute to a more sustainable future.
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