Recycling should be the first thought of every builder architect and owner when a yacht is being designed, built or sent for refit. And this is not an ideological argument but rather a purely practical one. You can save the planet as well as sparing your wallet.
Eco scientists are warning that, by 2050, the quantity of plastics in the oceans will outweigh fish. And you can’t eat plastic with your chips.
By 2030 we can expect severe penalties to be imposed upon yachts of any size that are found to be polluting the oceans. By 2045 a boat will be expected to be completely carbon-free and every item on the vessel from the kitchen to the control system recyclable.
Even today there are very simple steps a yacht can take to reduce its pollution trail.
- Reduce Use of Single-Use Plastics.
- Recycle Properly.
- Participate In (or Organize) a Beach or River Cleanup.
- Support Bans.
- Avoid Products Containing Microbeads.
- Spread the Word.
- Support Organizations Addressing Plastic Pollution.
Is inconceivable that petrol and gas vehicles will be banned in Europe and the US, and that superyachts will still be allowed to use fuel without some form of imposition. Although yachts have a low impact, they are very visible in the public imagination. The ‘one rule for them and one for us’ is a politically sensitive issue. Expect EU legislation in 2023.
European Commission has presented its Zero Pollution Action Plan, which aims to eliminate all harmful pollution by 2050 by reducing air, water and soil contamination to levels “no longer considered harmful to health and natural ecosystems”, in line with the objectives of the European Green Deal. However, it sets out only limited action to tackle pollution levels in our ocean. That is imminent.
We can expect that from 2030 any non-compliant yacht will be banned from sailing on the high seas unless it has a recycling regime in place. Further limitations will inevitably apply to engine and fuel consumption. This means that a yacht built today without a recycling strategy set out in the design of the project will find itself with built-in obsolescence when the EU does eventually define in legislation its marine policy.
This will seriously devalue the future sale of the yacht.
A superyacht afternoon is meant to be for leisure and pleasure experience. But it can be sufficiently explained to an owner and commissioning agent that it makes business sense to have an in-depth recycling structure on their minds from the onset. This will save on expensive modifications at a later stage.
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