Skip to main content
EU Blue Economy Observatory
Call for proposalsClosed

Reducing the environmental impact from shipyards and developing a whole life strategy to measure and minimise the non-operational environmental impacts from shipping



Publication date
13 December 2022
Opening date
Deadline model
Deadline date
20 April 2023, 17:00 (CEST)


Clean and competitive solutions for all transport modes (HORIZON-CL5-2023-D5-01)

TOPIC ID: HORIZON-CL5-2023-D5-01-15

Project outputs and results are expected to contribute concretely to the following expected outcomes whilst supporting the overall medium- and long-term impacts marked “*”:

  1. *Reduce the non-operational environmental impacts from shipping including construction and end of life strategies.
  2. *Understand the most significant environmental factors in shipbuilding and throughout a ships circular life cycle including ship repair and the associated costs.
  3. * Enhanced environmental and personnel awareness. Development of skills for greening of shipyards to improve the environmental performance and productivity in shipbuilding and ship repair processes.
  4. * Enhanced circularity of waterborne transport assets through recycling and re-use of materials, parts and components.
  5. * In the long term, contribute to the objective of a ship environmental performance indicator of the non-operational environmental impacts from the ship which takes construction, embedded materials, capacity for repair, end of life strategies into account.
  6. Development of a shipyard environmental performance index (SEPI), relevant KPI’s and benchmarks for shipyards through an inquiry into current shipyard processes and utilities (i.e. energy use and emissions to air, water and earth);
  7. Demonstration of advanced production processes which reduce the environmental impact of shipyards and assessment of the shipyards’ environmental performance (SEPI) which would achieve an improvement in environmental performance utilising current benchmarks, of at least 20%.
  8. Development of a generic digital shipyard model encompassing shipyard processes with the associated energy use and emissions, enabling to assess and benchmark the environmental performance and cost-efficiency of shipyards and their contribution to the environmental impact assessment within the ships’ Life Cycle (LC).
  9. Development of guidelines on technical, organisational and personnel training solutions for reducing energy use and emissions to air, water and soil and improving the environmental performance of shipyards.
  10. Development of a blueprint for an EU-material passport for waterborne transport assets classifying the ship circularity readiness level (CRL). In addition, a guideline for the passport maintenance throughout the ship life cycle backed by a business model for circularity and an appropriate regulatory regime in line with Regulation (EU) No. 1257/2013 on Ship Recycling (EU SRR) and coordinated with other ongoing Horizon 2020 / Horizon Europe projects.