Swedish Shipowners Association have launched an updated research strategy for 2019–2023. The strategy focuses on sustainable shipping and aims at achieving enhanced competitiveness, increased welfare and safety, zero emissions and social sustainability.
- The members of the Swedish Maritime Administration have for a long time invested in research and innovation issues and, for example, started the national maritime competence center Lighthouse and its regional predecessors. 90 per cent of all transports are done by shipping and the shipping employs about 100,000 people throughout Sweden - an investment in sustainable shipping is thus not only an investment in shipping itself - it is an investment in Sweden. It is therefore important that industry, academia and authorities work actively on these issues. The Swedish maritime sector has long been at the forefront in terms of sustainability and we will continue to be through active involvement in research, innovation and development, ”says Rikard Engström, CEO, Swedish Shipowners Association.
Swedish Maritime Research and Innovation Manager, Suzanne Green, believes that the strategy shows both challenges and solutions for research and innovation.
- The strategy is based on the global sustainability goals, national goals and the shipping companies' needs and challenges. The areas that are prioritized are all interdisciplinary and tied to competitiveness and sustainability, as well as having technical, economic, legal and political dimensions. Digitization is, for example, a means that creates conditions for, among other things, new business models and working methods - but can also be used to develop better decision support to increase energy efficiency, says Suzanne Green, responsible for research and innovation issues, Swedish Shipowners Association.
Source: Swedish Shipowners Association