Sustainability is a hot topic in almost every industry, and yachting is no exception. As environmental awareness continues to rise, yacht brokers and yacht owners must find ways to make the yachting industry more sustainable. Doing so not only ensures that the industry is doing its part to protect the environment but also helps create a healthier market by increasing public perception of the industry. Let’s take a look at some of the ways yacht owners and brokers can make their business more sustainable.
Reducing Fuel Consumption and Emissions
One of the biggest ways to reduce the environmental impact of yachting is to reduce fuel consumption. This can be done in a variety of ways. One way is to equip your yacht with more efficient engines and propellers that require less energy to move through the water. Additionally, installing solar panels and wind turbines can help power on-board systems and reduce reliance on diesel fuel for electricity.
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Using Eco-Friendly Materials
Another way that you can make your yacht more sustainable is by using materials that have minimal environmental impacts. This means choosing materials such as bamboo, cork, wood, and recycled plastic for furniture and fittings instead of materials like plastic or metal that require more energy and resources to produce. Additionally, using non-toxic paints and coatings on the hull will minimize pollution runoff into nearby waterways.
Recycling and reducing Waste
The whole industry encourages yachts to look into ways they can recycle waste while at sea or in port. Installing onboard wastewater treatment systems will ensure that wastewater is treated properly before being released back into the ocean or local waterways. Additionally, biodegradable cleaning products should be used onboard to further reduce pollution levels when washing down decks or other surfaces on board your yacht.
Reducing waste on board starts with being conscious about what products you buy and where you buy them from. Try to purchase items with minimal packaging and opt for reusable items whenever possible. We also encourage everyone to compost organic materials and recycle any non-organic material that cannot be reused or repurposed.
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Also as brokers we have the duty to educate our clients on sustainability best practices while onboarding them into their new vessel. Educate them on how to dispose of waste properly, what options are available for reducing emissions on board, and how they can reduce their energy consumption when underway or docked at port. By educating chartereres and helping them understand why sustainability matters in this industry, we can help ensure that their yacht charters are as eco-friendly as possible during their time out on the water—which benefits not only them but also our precious marine ecosystems!
Making yachting more sustainable starts with being aware of how our actions affect the environment around us. By taking steps such as reducing fuel consumption, using eco-friendly materials, and recycling waste aboard our vessels we can all help protect our oceans and waterways for future generations of yacht owners to enjoy! With just a few simple changes we can each do our part to make this world a better place for everyone – even those who enjoy luxury travel by boat!
Through three key pillars, WI is at the center of these commitments:
- Awareness of crews
- Awareness of customers
- Minimizing waste and promoting neighborhood networks
- Promotion of and involvement in the construction of more environmentally friendly yachts