Sustainability has become a hot topic in the yachting world. Given the extraordinary resources and influence of owners, along with the sheer number of skilled designers, engineers, architects and builders working in the industry, it’s not surprising that many superyachts have implemented sustainable solutions to reduce their environmental footprint.
The industry-at-large is following suit. Leaders from the industry have banded together to establish Water Revolution Foundation, a non-profit on a mission to drive sustainability even further within the industry through collaboration and innovation. In addition, many superyacht builders provide financial support to Blue Marine Foundation, an NGO on a mission to put 30% of the world’s oceans under protection by 2030. Superyacht crew have united under a commitment to reduce single-use plastics. Brokerage firms have partnered with conservationists to educate their staff to combat ocean pollution. Floating rubbish bins are being installed in marinas and yacht clubs worldwide to help clear plastic debris.
And it’s worth noting that compared with other marine vessels, superyachts have a very different operational profile, averaging only around 300 hours per year – and rarely at maximum speed. Nevertheless, the superyacht industry continues to minimise its impact on the environment and the world’s oceans – after all, it is these very oceans that inspire people to go sailing in the first place.