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Barriers to improving energy efficiency in short sea shipping: an action research case study

Hannes Johnson (Institutionen för sjöfart och marin teknik, Maritime Operations ) ; Mikael Johansson ; Karin Andersson (Institutionen för sjöfart och marin teknik, Maritime Operations )
Journal of Cleaner Production (0959-6526). Vol. 66 (2014), p. 317-327.
[Artikel, refereegranskad vetenskaplig]

Increased energy efficiency will be paramount in mitigating CO2 emissions from shipping. Paradoxically, previous research has shown that a substantial amount of measures, that typically increase energy efficiency, should be cost-efficient to implement. This is often explained in literature in terms of barriers in markets, institutions and organizations. This article is the first of a series of articles from a joint industry project aiming at understanding good energy management practices. It explores barriers to energy efficiency in shipping through a case study of a short sea shipping company in their process to improve their approach to managing work with energy efficiency. An action research approach was chosen to contribute to better practice as well as knowledge in the research community. The study shows that work with energy efficiency was not straightforward, and several challenge areas could be discerned: project management capabilities, ship-shore communication, division of responsibilities, access to performance measurements, and competence in energy efficiency. The action research approach gave rich insight and new perspectives were gained on the traditional barrier discourse.

Nyckelord: Energy efficiency gap; energy management; short sea shipping; ship energy efficiency management plan; action research

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Institutionen för sjöfart och marin teknik, Maritime Operations (2012-2014)


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