Evaluation, control and Mitigation of the EnviRonmental impacts of shippinG Emissions (EMERGE)
Research Project, 2020 – 2024

The objectives of EMERGE are (i) to quantify and evaluate the effects of potential emission reduction solutions for shipping in Europe for several scenarios, and (ii) to develop effective strategies and measures to reduce the environmental impacts of shipping. EMERGE objectives will be achieved through real-world test cases involving measurements and modelling on actual vessels, along main shipping routes and in sensitive European marine regions. Given our unique capabilities, the EMERGE consortium is the only group that can model real world emissions of shipping to air and water for the whole of Europe.
The project will collect and synthesize experimental evidence on waste streams to water and emissions to air originating from ships, for different emission control technologies. The measurements will focus on abatement techniques and will include emissions to, and concentrations in water, air and marine biota. The project will especially investigate how effectively available scrubbers reduce the effects of key pollutants.
EMERGE includes five geographical case studies, in different ecologically vulnerable regions, and a mobile onboard case study. The case study regions are (i) Eastern Mediterranean (ii) Northern Adriatic Sea, (iii) the region surrounding the Lagoon of Aveiro, (iv) the Solent Strait and (v) the Öresund Strait. The mobile onboard case study will be deployed in various European sea regions.
EMERGE will develop an integrated modelling framework to assess the combined impacts of shipping emissions on the aquatic and atmospheric environments, and the effects on marine ecosystems. The assessment will include the benefits and costs of control and mitigation options affecting water quality, air pollution exposure, health impact, climate forcing and bioaccumulation of pollutants. EMERGE will provide recommendations and guidance for stakeholders and decision-makers on cost-beneficial options for sustainable use of shipping on the medium and long term.


Ida-Maja Hassellöv (contact)

Chalmers, Mechanics and Maritime Sciences (M2), Maritime Studies

Anna Lunde Hermansson

Chalmers, Mechanics and Maritime Sciences (M2), Maritime Studies

Amanda Nylund

Chalmers, Mechanics and Maritime Sciences (M2), Maritime Studies

Kent Salo

Chalmers, Mechanics and Maritime Sciences (M2), Maritime Studies

Erik Ytreberg

Chalmers, Mechanics and Maritime Sciences (M2), Maritime Studies


Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki, Greece

Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission (Helsonki Commission HELCOM)

Helsinki, Finland

Creative Nano PC

Athens, Greece


Attika, Greece

Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI)

Helsingfors, Finland

International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

Laxenburg, Austria

IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute

Stockholm, Sweden

Maritime Institute of Eastern Mediterranean- MAR.IN.E.M

Lemesos, Cyprus

Norwegian Meteorological Institute

Oslo, Norway

The Catalan Institute for Water Research

Girona, Spain

Universita Ca' Foscari Venezia

Venice, Italy

University of Aveiro

Aveiro, Portugal

University of Gothenburg

Gothenburg, Sweden

University of Hertfordshire

Hatfield, United Kingdom

University of Oulu

Oulu, Finland

University of Southampton

Southampton, United Kingdom

University of the Aegean

Mytilene, Greece


European Commission (EC)

Project ID: EC/H2020/874990
Funding Chalmers participation during 2020–2024

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