Developing and enhancing the UK Ship Emissions Inventory

Developing and enhancing the UK Ship Emissions Inventory

Developing and enhancing the UK Ship Emissions Inventory

As the UK is surrounded by some of the world’s busiest shipping lanes, air quality pollutants and GHG emissions from shipping form a significant part of the UK’s emissions.

Through innovative analysis, which included exploiting the use of shipping Automatic Identification System (AIS) data, Ricardo developed a new methodology and delivered significant improvements in accuracy and spatial resolution of the UK’s understanding of shipping emissions:

  • Emissions now reflect actual routes taken by ships with fine spatial scale down to detailed port level.

  • Takes into consideration varying vessel speeds and loads.

  • Includes more vessel types, such as fishing vessels, offshore fleet and service vessels within emission estimates.

  • Cross-references to a database providing detailed information on the engines and performance characteristics of vessels.

The exceptionally high spatial resolution of the data supports improved emission inventories. This makes it much more useful for studying air quality effects at a local level and providing a valuable technical resource from a future planning perspective.