René Taudal Poulsen, associate professor at Copenhagen Business School, and myself will talk about energy monitoring practices in shipping companies in an open seminar at the Department of Shipping and Marine Technology at Chalmers, on the 7th of April, 13-15:
It is often said that what gets measured, gets done. When it comes to getting energy efficiency done, shipping companies can choose different ways to measure and assess their energy use. Some methods are more complex and accurate than others. Some increase workload onboard as well as ashore. Some companies introduce systems that are more complex but also decrease workload, freeing up time for improving performance rather than doing paperwork. Some prefer not to invest in crew training and installations onboard at all, as they would rather charter in vessels with crew on a short term basis.
Methods to monitor energy use are now increasingly in the spotlight due to ongoing policy-making processes to abate the climate impact of the shipping sector. The European Commission recently started a process to have all ships making EU-related voyages monitor and report amongst other aspects their energy use – the Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) scheme. A concurrent discussion is taking place in the IMO. During this seminar, we will discuss why companies choose different means of monitoring, and how this depends on their business model; on what they choose to make and what they choose to buy. We argue that some business models make it much more difficult for shipping companies to work effectively with energy efficiency.