Environmental impact of low sulphur ship fuel: measurement and modelling strategies (EnviSuM)
Research Project , 2014 – 2019

European Union (European Regional Development Fund) has funded EnviSuM project studying technical efficiency and socio-economic impacts of clean shipping solutions. 

The EnviSum is coordinated by University of Turku and it involves 12 partners from Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Norway, Poland, and Sweden. In addition, there are 17 associated organisations, including Russian partners.

The EnviSuM project results will provide policy makers and authorities with tools and recommendations for the development of future environmental regulations, and the shipping sector with guidance to support future investment decisions.

The EnviSuM project addresses measurement and modelling strategies to assess present and future cost and the health and environmental effects of ship emissions in view of the IMO emission regulations that entered into force in January 2015.

Available measures (fuels and abatement techniques) to meet the emission reduction targets will be investigated and their performance and level of compliance assessed. The EnviSuM project will provide tested and analyzed results on the efficiency of the different clean shipping solutions allowing the project consortium to make recommendations benefiting the environment, the health of the people of the Baltic Sea Region while still supporting the maritime businesses and promoting economic growth.

The societal impact of emission reductions will be investigated both on the city scale and on the Baltic Sea regional scale utilizing the high technical and analytical skills of the consortium. The ports of Gothenburg, Saint Petersburg and Gdynia-Gdansk are among the largest in the Baltic Sea Region and are all located in close vicinity to large cities. They represent the typical variety of the climatological and socio-economic conditions in the Baltic Sea Region.

Targeted activities in these three cities will give key stakeholders from the industry and the authorities the possibility to work together for a common goal and to exchange knowledge and expertise on the subject, providing extra cross-border value. As both authorities and representatives of the private sector are part of the project consortium, the tools and recommendations will directly benefit the decision making of both parties.


Johan Mellqvist (contact)

Full Professor at Chalmers, Space, Earth and Environment, Microwave and Optical Remote Sensing, Optical Remote Sensing


Baltic Marine Consult GmbH

Rostock, Germany

Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission (Helsonki Commission HELCOM)

Helsinki, Finland

City of Gothenburg

Gothenburg, Sweden

Committee for Nature Use Environmental Protection and Ecological Safety

St.Petersburg, Russia


Copenhagen, Denmark


Rönne, Denmark

Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI)

Helsingfors, Finland

Finnish Port Association

Helsinki, Finland

Maritime University of Szczecin

Szczecin, Poland


Pargas, Finland

Norwegian Meteorological Institute

Oslo, Norway

Port of Gothenburg

Göteborg, Sweden

State Company Mineral

Saint Petersburg (ex Leningrad), Russian Federation

Tallinn University of Technology (TalTech)

Tallinn, Estonia

The Maritime Development Center of Europe

Köpenhamn, Denmark

University of Gothenburg

Gothenburg, Sweden

University of Turku

Åbo, Finland



Funding Chalmers participation during 2014–2019

The European Union Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) Seed Money Facility Secretariat

Funding Chalmers participation during 2015–2019

The European Union Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) Seed Money Facility Secretariat

Funding Chalmers participation during 2014–2015

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