Sustainability and Transparency in Shipbuilding Networks
Phase I: 01.02.2016 – 28.02.2017
Phase II: 10.03.2016 – 30.06.2019
Budget UTU: 800 000€
Shipping companies need to utilize the broader 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 a more significant 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 broader approach can be communicated efficiently to the customer.
Sustainability and Transparency in Shipbuilding Networks SUSTIS project focus 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 the University of Turku (Department of Future Technologies). The research partners include three units in the 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 parallel projects linked to the research project.
The research project was conducted in two phases. Phase I, linked with a parallel project by Meyer Turku Oy, focused on identifying relevant sustainability indicators, their transfer, and utilization. The main result of the Phase I was the validation of sustainability’s business value in the shipbuilding network and, ultimately, for the cruising business. In Phase II, the research scope widened, explored more methods and solutions for data transfer. Utilization of the transferred sustainability data was covered by creating and testing various pilot applications. Phase II promoted 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 was created. Phase II also included quantification of the data with sustainability modeling as well as exploring the new business possibilities provided by the open-sustainability data.
- Department of Future Technologies (DFT)
- Centre for Collaborative Research (CCR)
- Finland Futures Research Centre (FFRC)
- VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd
Industry and Supporting Partners
- DNV GL Business Assurance Finland Oy
- Evac Oy
- Lautex Oy
- Meriteollisuus ry
- Meyer Turku Oy
- NIT Naval Interior Team Oy
- Paattimaakarit Oy
- Piikkiö Works Oy
- Sininen Polku Oy
- SSAB Europe Oy
Internal discursive effects on corporate decision to externally communicate sustainabilityNordic Accounting Conference 2018. Copenhagen Business School2018
Chapter 6: Pride and fear: Emotions in sustainabilityIn: Bernabé Escobar-Pérez, Maria del Mar Miras-Rodríguez (eds.) Corporate social responsibility: Challenges in diversity, accountability and sustainability. Management Science – Theory and Applications. Nova Science Publishers, New York. pp. 121-1472018
Collaborative sustainability in a shipbuilding networkCorporate Responsibility Research Conference CRRC 2018. University of Leeds, Kedge Business SchoolSeptember 10-12, 2018
Motivational Game Design and Pro-Environmental Elements in Sustainability ApplicationsGameON 2018, Dundee, Scotland, United KingdomSeptember 18-20, 2018
Perspectives to Sustainability in the Shipbuilding Network. Interview Results of the SUSTIS ProjectFFRC eBOOK 9/2016. Finland Futures Research Centre, University of Turku2016
Sustainability Best Practices. Benchmarking Results of the SUSTIS ProjectFFRC eBOOK 10/2016. Finland Futures Research Centre, University of Turku2016
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