Sustainability and Transparency in Shipbuilding Networks
Phase I: 01.02.2016 – 28.02.2017
Phase II: 10.03.2016 – 28.02.2019
Budget UTU: 800 000€


Shipping companies need to utilize the wider concept of sustainability in order to communicate a change in the way they are thinking. To achieve this, the shipyard as a system integrator and its subcontracting network have to cover larger part of the value chain with sustainability and transparency. In this project we study the possibilities of enlarging the scope of sustainability from ships operations to the whole life cycle and how this wider approach can be communicated efficiently to the customer.

Sustainability and Transparency in Shipbuilding Networks SUSTIS project focuses on collecting, combining and utilization of sustainability information of materials and manufacturing processes for creating sustainability based value in shipbuilding. The goal is to 1) expand the use of sustainability arguments in shipbuilding business from operational use to the whole life-cycle starting from raw materials and working conditions and 2) generate new business through opening the sustainability data.

SUSTIS is a research project coordinated by University of Turku (Department of Future Technologies). The research partners include three units in University of Turku (Future Technologies, Centre for Collaborative Research, Finland Futures Research Centre) and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. Several industry partners have their own parallel projects linked to the research project.

The research project is conducted in two phases. Phase I, linked with a parallel project by Meyer Turku Oy, focused in identifying relevant sustainability indicators, their transfer and utilization. The main result of the Phase I was validation of sustainability’s business value in the shipbuilding network and, ultimately, for the cruising business. In Phase II, the research scope widens, exploring more methods and solutions for data transferring. Utilization of the transferred sustainability data is covered by creating and testing various pilot applications. Phase II promotes dialogue around the utilization of sustainability arguments and data for increased economic resilience of the shipbuilding network. For making sustainability issues transparent and widely utilizable, a pilot platform for sustainability data is created. Phase II also includes quantification of the data with sustainability modeling as well as exploring the new business possibilities provided by the open sustainability data.

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  • Kaisa Könnöla, Tuomas Mäkilä, Kaapo Seppälä and Teijo LehtonenMotivational Game Design and Pro-Environmental Elements in Sustainability ApplicationsGameON 2018, Dundee, Scotland, United KingdomSeptember 18-20, 2018

  • Katariina HeikkiläPerspectives to Sustainability in the Shipbuilding Network. Interview Results of the SUSTIS ProjectFFRC eBOOK 9/2016. Finland Futures Research Centre, University of Turku2016

  • Oana ApostolSustainability Best Practices. Benchmarking Results of the SUSTIS ProjectFFRC eBOOK 10/2016. Finland Futures Research Centre, University of Turku2016

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Teijo Lehtonen

Senior Research Fellow
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Kaapo Seppälä

Project Manager
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