Currently in yachting, conversations frequently focus on sustainability and efforts towards lessening yachts’ environmental impact. It’s not a simple task, though. Despite an abundance of emissions and power-consumption information, the industry and owners have lacked an objective way to judge whether some yachts are “greener” than others. That’s where the Yacht Environmental Transparency Index comes in, and is making a difference.
The index is a tool from the Water Revolution Foundation. The non-profit is focused on preserving the oceans and simultaneously diminishing yachting’s impact on them. In development for the past four years, the index has led to the establishment of a benchmark by which existing and in-development projects can evaluate themselves. Robert van Tol, the executive director of the Water Revolution Foundation, explains the details in this Megayacht News Radio podcast.
As you’ll learn, the Yacht Environmental Transparency Index relies on real data that owners, their crew, and/or their representatives provide. The Water Revolution Foundation team analyzes that information side by side against data from AIS, “to understand what is actually the average operational profile of the fleet,” van Tol explains.
In fact, one of the most surprising things the Yacht Environmental Transparency Index reveals is how much time the average superyacht spends in a marina. (Hint: It’s probably way higher than you think.)
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