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UK government funds project to track maritime shipping emissions with satellite analytics

07 Jan 2021

The UK government on Wednesday (6 January) said it will be giving a cash injection to a University of Leicester project to use satellite analytics to track the greenhouse gas and pollution emissions of shipping fleets, ushering in a new approach that could help shipping companies to face down climate change.

The collaboration between Redshift Associates Ltd and the University of Leicester will develop analytics to track the carbon and pollution emissions of ships, with a new approach to establish emission audits of shipping fleets and their individual vessels. 

The project builds upon previous work developing analytics solutions for ports and harbours, extending this to coastal and international waters.

The funds will be channeled through the UK Space Agency, where the government is giving a cash injection to five other projects specifically designed to bring together UK business expertise with universities to help build space solutions to global problems, on UK soil.

“The UK’s space sector is flourishing and it is vital we give our most innovative space businesses and universities the right support to collaborate, share best practice and drive forward new ideas that could help enrich all our lives,” said Science Minister Amanda Solloway.

The UK Space Agency funding will see the National Space Research and Innovation Network for Technology (SPRINT) support the new space projects, with industry working alongside scientists from the University of Southampton, University of Edinburgh and University of Leicester.”

“SPRINT has developed a novel approach to knowledge exchange and industry/university collaboration for the space sector,” added Ross Burgon, Head of the national SPRINT programme.

“The SPRINT approach makes it much easier for both companies and academics to build successful, productive and collaborative partnerships that are focused on growing the space sector and that also demonstrate the increasing benefits of space sector knowledge in addressing challenges across many other sectors.”

Photo credit: Cyprien Hauser
Published: 7 January, 2021


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