Barriers to improving energy efficiency in short sea shipping: an action research case study
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2014

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.

ship energy efficiency management plan

energy management

action research

Energy efficiency gap

short sea shipping


Hannes Johnson

Chalmers, Sjöfart och marin teknik, Maritime Operations

Mikael Johansson

DNV Advisory Services

Karin Andersson

Chalmers, Sjöfart och marin teknik, Maritime Operations

Journal of Cleaner Production

0959-6526 (ISSN)

Vol. 66 317-327


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Övrig annan teknik


Annan samhällsvetenskap

Marin teknik



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