Pair team up to define sustainability criteria for new bunker fuels

A new partnership between the Sustainable Shipping Initiative (SSI) and Copenhagen Business School (CBS) Maritime will bring ‘clarity to the sustainability issues surrounding the alternative fuels under consideration for shipping’s decarbonisation.’

The collaboration focuses on defining criteria to establish alternative fuels’ sustainability credentials and to facilitate their certification.

No sustainability standard nor related certification scheme currently exist for marine fuels.

The partnership will see the development of a set of sustainability criteria for bunkers, applying these criteria to assess the alternative fuels currently being explored for zero-emission shipping. The pair say that the criteria will also feed into several decarbonisation initiatives across the maritime and energy sectors.

SSI will also engage with certification bodies to facilitate the development of a sustainability standard or certification scheme for marine fuels. No such standard or related certification scheme currently exist for marine fuels.

The collaboration is being carried out under the Green Shipping Project, an international research partnership managed jointly by CBS Maritime and the Centre for Transportation Studies at the University of British Columbia’s (UBC) Sauder School of Business in Vancouver.

Launched in 2017with the aim of advancing knowledge and understanding towards the progressive governance of sustainable maritime transport, the Green Shipping Project is a collaboration of 18 universities and 19 government, industry, and NGO partners.

Funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the international maritime research network is focused on five areas of research: trade and logistics; green ports; innovation; stakeholders; and value chains.

Rhys Berry

Rhys Berry