26-27 February 2020. 

Maritime experts from the government sector, industry, civil society and academia gathered in Malmö to discuss energy use in shipping.  The workshop “Prospects for energy and maritime transport in the Nordic region” was organised by the International Transport Forum (ITF), the World Maritime University (WMU) and Nordic Energy Research. ITF also has a webpage dedicated to this event: ITF-website.


The workshop examined different options available to policymakers and industry for decarbonising the shipping sector.  Participants discussed how to capitalise on the Nordic region’s leadership in sustainable shipping, while analysing which technology options are available and technically feasible.

In particular, the discussion explored the status of new technology adoption, looking at existing pilot/demonstration projects on low- and zero-emission enabling technologies used on ships.

The workshop also presented recent updates on the performance of these technologies.  Special focus was given to whether and under which circumstances, they could enable zero-emission shipping, their cost profile, how different a given technology is based on vessel type and mission profile, and how a technology could evolve under different uptake scenarios.

The workshop also offered an opportunity to review stated International and Nordic government plans for future developments/policies aiming to influence the development of technologies for the maritime sector, and assessed the implications of different policy choices that might allow different technologies to succeed.

The ITF and Nordic Energy Research will publish a summary the conclusions from the workshop and, at a later stage, a Nordic Energy and Maritime Transport Outlook (NEMO), incorporating input from discussions during this event. The NEMO report will look primarily at technology and policy developments that can be implemented by 2030.  This report will feed into ITF’s Decarbonising Transport (DT) project.

The workshop has also informed the development and direction of the Nordic Research Programme on Maritime Transport and Energy of the NER.

Summary of event


Technology Focus

Combining efficiency and fuel switching

Low-Carbon energy vectors 

Zero-Carbon energy vectors 

PART II – Policy focus 

National policy frameworks 

Port operations, infrastructure and incentives

Facilitating clusters and Maritime and Energy R&D

Panel moderated by: Åsa Burman, Lighthouse project (Sweden)


  • Magnus Gary (ShippingLab Denmark), Fredrik Larsson(Sweship), Esa Lindquist(Business Finland), Cecilie Lykkegaard (Danish Maritime), Jon Skulason (NýOrka Iceland) and Rune Volla (Norwegian Research Council.