The concept of “committed emissions” allows us to understand what proportion of the Paris-constrained and rapidly diminishing global carbon dioxide (CO2) budget is potentially taken up by existing infrastructure. Here, this concept is applied to international shipping, where long-lived assets increase the likelihood for high levels of committed emissions. To date, committed emissions studies have focussed predominantly on the power sector, or on global analyses in which shipping is a small element, with assumptions of asset lifetimes extrapolated from other transport modes.
University of Manchester
Shipping, shore-power and climate change
The shipping sector need to make a rapid transition away from fossil fuels to play its part in meeting the Paris Agreement climate change goals.
The use of electricity by ships can help reduce fossil fuel use. First, ships can use electricity instead of diesel to provide power while at berth. Second, battery-powered electric and hybrid ships are becoming more common.
But both of these developments require new infrastructure in ports to allow ships to connect to the power grid: “shore-power”. Although such shore-power facilities exist at 96 ports globally, uptake is extremely low in the UK.
Simon Bullock's PhD focusses on ascertaining the potential for UK shore power, identifying the barriers to its implementation, and assessing solutions to overcome these barriers.
Dates: July 2019- July-2022
Funding: Centre for Doctoral Training in Power Networks, EPSRC
Supervisors: Professor Alice Larkin and Dr John Broderick, Tyndall Manchester