Do eco-rating schemes improve the environmental performance of ships?

René Taudal Poulsen, Roberto Rivas Hermann, Carla Kornelia Smink

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Abstract

This paper examines if eco-rating schemes improve environmental outcomes in the context of the international shipping industry. Shipping faces global environmental challenges and has recently witnessed the introduction of several eco-rating schemes aiming to improve the environmental performance of ships. Extending the private environmental governance literature into a mature service industry with global operations, the paper shows that concerns about eco-rating schemes’ effectiveness also have relevance here. Shipping eco-rating schemes fall short of best practices for design and governance, and this hampers improvement efforts. The study has policy implications for the achievement of improved environmental outcomes in the shipping industry.

Original languageEnglish
JournalMarine Policy
Volume87
Pages (from-to)94-103
Number of pages9
ISSN0308-597X
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2018

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Taudal Poulsen, René ; Rivas Hermann, Roberto ; Smink, Carla Kornelia. / Do eco-rating schemes improve the environmental performance of ships?. In: Marine Policy. 2018 ; Vol. 87. pp. 94-103.
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