Sustainable Shipbuilding Concepts
04.06.2020 – 31.12.2022
Business Finland
Budget UTU: 691 617 €


Sustainable Shipbuilding Concepts project focuses on creating sustainability based value in shipbuilding through designing more sustainable concepts for cruise ships and related systems in a way that the complete network can contribute into more sustainable business processes including material selection, design, manufacturing, social aspects and features. The goal is to generate new business processes that bring such sustainability benefits that can be quantified and which help actors to strengthen their foresight and adaptation abilities in the often-changing sustainability-framework. In addition, the goal is to stimulate the whole shipbuilding community’s understanding on how sustainable shipbuilding practices and effective communication of lean and sustainable solutions can increase the resilience and collaborativeness of the regional shipbuilding community.

The project focuses on research related supply network’s capabilities to utilize sustainability arguments for long-term strategic gains. Implementing collaborative foresight and early supplier integration practices promotes generation of new supplier-driven ideas for sustainability innovations. The participating companies have expressed the need to model and prove the environmental impacts of their products or systems for their communication. Development of new digital and virtual tools support more efficient business processes and illustration of sustainability benefits.

This project is a collaborative consortium project led by research organizations, University of Turku and VTT, including multiple parallel projects from industry stakeholders throughout the value chain. The publications from our previous project of the same research area, SUSTIS, can be found from this link.

Press release : (FIN) Uusista menetelmistä lisää vastuullisuutta laivanrakentamiseen

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Industry and Supporting Partners

Press Material

  • Taneli Nyyssönen, Seppo Helle, Teijo Lehtonen, Jouni SmedA Comparison of One- and Two-handed Gesture User Interfaces in Virtual Reality – A Task Based ApproachMultimodal Technologies and Interaction2 February 2024

  • Seppo Helle, Taneli Nyyssönen, Olli Heimo, Teijo LehtonenVirtual Reality Applied to Design Reviews in ShipbuildingIn publication process

  • Eini Haaja, Natasha EversAdapting to the unknown – the challenges of orchestrating open eco-innovation in shipbuildingIn publication process

  • Nicolas A. Balcom Raleigh, Leena Jokinen, Katariina HeikkiläFutures literacy in collaborative foresight networks: The case of advancing sustainable shipbuilding in FinlandIn publication process

  • Jokinen Leena, Balcom Raleigh Nicolas, Heikkilä KatariinaFutures Literacy in Collaborative Foresight Networks: Advancing Sustainable ShipbuildingEmpowering Futures – Long-term Governance, Democracy and Futures Research, Turku14–16 June 2023Submitted

  • Eini Haaja and Jouni SaarniBringing Sustainability to Shipbuilding Through Supplier Integration – Findings from SusCon-projectCCR Insights 1/2023, Turku School of Economics, University of Turku2023

  • L. Jokinen, M. Mäkelä, K. Heikkilä, O. Apostol, H. Kalliomäki & J. SaarniCreating futures images for sustainable cruise ships: Insights on collaborative foresight for sustainability enhancementFutures, 135, 1028732022

  • Eini Haaja, Natasha EversOrchestrating in Business Networks to enhance the co-creation of eco-innovations(abstract) in The 38th Annual IMP conference in Florence, ItalyAugust 2022

  • Eini Haaja, Natasha EversOrchestrating in a Shipbuilding Network to foster the co-creation of eco-innovations(abstract) in Sustainability Science Days 2022 conference in HelsinkiMay 2022

  • Eini Haaja, Natasha EversDynamics of co-creating sustainable innovations in an international project business network – The role of hub company in shipbuilding industry context48th AIB UK & Ireland Conference in Reading, UK8-9 April 2022

  • Nyyssönen Taneli, Helle Seppo, Lehtonen Teijo, Smed JouniA Comparison of Gesture and Controller-based User Interfaces for 3D Design Reviews in Virtual RealityHawaii International Conference on System Sciences4 Jan 2022

  • L. Jokinen, T. Palonen, H. Kalliomäki, O. Apostol & K. HeikkiläForward-looking sustainability agency for developing future cruise shipsSustainability, 12(22), 1–202020

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Teijo Lehtonen

Senior Research Fellow +358 (0)44 440 0005

Kaapo Seppälä

Project Manager +358 (0)40 744 4182