Sustainability and Transparency in Shipbuilding Networks
Phase I: 01.02.2016 – 28.02.2017
Budget UTU: 150 000€


SUSTIS is a research project coordinated by University of Turku Technology Research Center. The project partners include three UTU Research Organizations and Meyer Turku Oy as an industry partner. In addition there are supporting partners representing key stakeholders in the shipbuilding value network.

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.

The research project is conducted in two phases. The first phase, linked with a parallel project by Meyer Turku Oy, focuses in identifying relevant sustainability indicators, their transfer and utilization. Based on the results of this phase, the supporting partners and SME’s in the network are invited to participate to the expanded project – that will be launched in 2017.

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Teijo Lehtonen

Senior Research Fellow
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Kaapo Seppälä

Project Manager
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