The 99-foot (30.2-meter) Quid Pro Quo has joined the ranks of megayachts working with Yacht Carbon Offset in an effort to be more environmentally minded.
Yacht Carbon Offset was established in 2007 specifically to let megayacht owners and charterers balance greenhouse gas emissions by contributing to eco-focused projects around the world. In recent months Imagine and Baton Rouge have signed up to do exactly that. In addition, the Mediterranean Yacht Brokers Association (MYBA) has worked with Yacht Carbon Offset this year and last year to offset emissions from its annual charter show.
As for Quid Pro Quo, an active charter yacht, the emissions stemming from her engines are being matched with similar emissions reductions from “green” energy projects. Capt. Robert Frost issued the following statement: “The future of our planet and her preservation should be a high priority to every human being. We on Quid Pro Quo set out to achieve the highest possible standards in all aspects. Our partnership with Yacht Carbon Offset is yet another way in which we are committed to being proactive in our approach.”
While Robinson cannot divulge exactly which projects Quid Pro Quo is supporting via carbon offsets, he does say that they were selected from a variety worldwide. “In general, we use suitable projects that we have selected from those available on the carbon trading market, according to the volume of our outstanding or anticipated orders,” Robinson explains. “In all cases, the projects must meet our selection criteria in terms of quality and documentation, and I always review this myself prior to purchasing carbon credits to ensure that the project has delivered verified greenhouse gas reductions.”
In addition, Yacht Carbon Offset has a Lloyds Register Quality Assurance certification. This means it undergoes regular external audits to ensure its own documentation is in order and that the emissions-balancing process involves independently verified projects. At present, some of the projects Yacht Carbon Offset is recommending include wind power in Turkey, geothermal power in Guatemala, and power generation from landfill gas in the United States.
For more on Yacht Carbon Offset, see our Leadership Series interview with Robinson.