Evolution of green shipping research: themes and methods

Wenming Shi, Yi Xiao, Zhuo Chen, Heather McLaughlin, Kevin Li

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Over the past 30 years, there have been growing concerns on the
environmental impacts of maritime transportation, which have attracted great attention from both academia and practitioners. Understanding developments in this area can help guide future research. We conducted a comprehensive review of green shipping research, comprising 213 papers published in transportation journals in SSCI of 2017 over the period 1988–2017. We find that research on green shipping has increased greatly since 2012, accounting for 77.5% of the reviewed papers. The main focus today on green shipping was on air pollution, and the classification of green shipping practice, such as technical measures, operational options, market-based measures, and recycling and reusing, is becoming clear. According to the existing studies, future research on green shipping must strengthen technology research to not only solve practical problems, but also to establish a theoretical green shipping system. Moreover, researchers from different countries could cooperate with each other to give effective suggestions on setting standards and laws of green shipping. Finally, we identify the future research themes will focus on setting up green shipping system and legislation and policy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)863-876
Number of pages14
JournalMaritime Policy and Management
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 27 Jun 2018

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This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Maritime Policy and Management on 27/06/2018, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/03088839.2018.1489150

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