The Green Shipping Project

Advancing knowledge and understanding towards the progressive governance of sustainable maritime transport.


About the Project

The UBC Centre for Transportation Studies together with 16 university partners and 16 non-academic industry and government partners lead an international maritime research network on governing environmental improvements in the maritime supply chain. The project is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and includes economists, business management scholars and political scientists.

While there is well-developed technical literature on ship design and the economics of efficient operation, sea transport is relatively under-­‐investigated in the business management, political economy and global governance literatures. There is consequently a major gap when it comes to understanding the implications of the accelerating “green shipping” trend, which calls for greater environmental accountability and reduction of the air, land and water impacts of the sector along the maritime supply chain.

The Green Shipping research network aims to address this knowledge gap. The overall goal is to advance knowledge and understanding towards the progressive governance of sustainable maritime transport.

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Recent Activity

Corporate Governance and the Environmental Politics of Shipping

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Swinging on the anchor’: The difficulties in achieving greenhouse gas abatement in shipping via virtual arrival

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The creation of a European market for ship recycling

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Adaptation to climate change effects and competition between ports: Invest now or later?

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Value creation through sustainable supplier management in maritime transport

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Upcoming Events

Partnership Meeting in Hamburg
Kühne Logistics University | Green Shipping Partnership Event

May 25-27, 2020 / Hamburg, Germany

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Recent News

A new hope of environmentally friendly world-wide shipping

Professors Dr. David Gillen (UBC Sauder School of Business) and Dr. Henrik Sornn-Friese (Copenhagen Business School) speak about the Green Shipping Project’s role in supplementing the breadth of technical shipping…

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Sauder profs to lead international research network on eco-friendly shipping

Sauder School of Business professors Dr. Jane Lister and Dr. David Gillen speak with the Ubyssey about the Green Shipping Project’s goals to create a deeper connection between academic and…

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UBC group is tasked with making the shipping industry greener

Professor Jane Lister at the Sauder School of Business speaks with Global News about the changing infrastructure of the shipping industry, as well the challenges and opportunities associated with these…

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