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Energy audits in shipping companies

Journal article
Authors Hannes von Knorring
Published in Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice
Volume 125
Issue July
Pages 25-55
ISSN 0965-8564
Publication year 2019
Published at Gothenburg Research Institute (GRI)
Pages 25-55
Language en
Subject categories Social Sciences Interdisciplinary, Technology and social change, Energy Systems, Marine Engineering, Transport Systems and Logistics


An energy audit is a method for determining the most cost-effective measures that improve energy efficiency in an organisation. This article describes a longitudinal action-research case study of an energy audit performed in 2012 on a short-sea ship owner and operator and a follow-up study conducted three years later. The study showed that following the suggestions made in the audit would have had a significant economic impact but that few of the audit recommendations had been successfully implemented. An analysis of the qualitative and quantitative material collected during these two studies pointed in particular to the need to understand energy efficiency measures in their organisational context; many of the measures concerned redesigning organisational routines. It became obvious that more studies of practice are needed in order to evaluate policies and programmes aimed at achieving a transition to low carbon emissions in the maritime sector. Despite the failure of this particular audit, energy audits in shipping companies should be paid more attention because of their relative success in other sectors.

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