15 June 2023
With consideration of the environmental impact of boats a growing concern among yacht builders, the yachting industry and boaters in general, moves toward a more sustainable industry are gathering pace. It’s not just about hybrid propulsion and alternative fuels – it also covers lifecycle assessment, more consideration of the materials used, and other facets of the supply and construction chain that play a part.
The Monaco Yacht Show, the annual gathering in the South of France every September that offers visitors the largest display of superyachts found anywhere on the planet, takes the topic of sustainability seriously, and has just announced that the Sustainability Hub will make a return to the Show for the 2023 edition.
Located in the 200-square-metre exhibition space of Darse Sud, dedicated to nautical equipment and technology, the Sustainability Hub serves as an incubator for innovative and eco-friendly solutions, showcasing companies specialising in sustainable technologies aimed at reducing the environmental impact of superyachts.
The selection process for the Sustainability Hub’s participants is carried out in collaboration with the Water Revolution Foundation. This partnership ensures that only eligible companies with genuine and viable sustainable solutions are included in the exhibition.
It provides a platform for both established companies offering tried-and-true sustainable alternatives and budding start-ups seeking to make a mark in the yachting industry with their forward-thinking ideas.
The creation of the Sustainability Hub aligns with the Monaco Yacht Show’s long-standing commitment to an eco-friendly approach, which was initiated back in 2005. Over the years, the show has played an active role in raising environmental awareness within the Monegasque and international yachting community.
“The Monaco Yacht Show has been at the forefront of raising environmental awareness since joining the Carbon Neutral program in 2005,” says Gaëlle Tallarida, Managing Director of MYS.
“Our pioneering approach to sustainability led to the establishment of the Sustainability Hub last year. As one of the industry’s major voices, we fully embrace our social responsibility.
“This dedicated area for eco-friendly yachting alternatives is part of our extended sustainability program, which encompasses the entire show’s logistics and layout here in the port of Monaco. We aim to support exhibitors, service providers, and visitors alike in finding viable solutions to environmental challenges.”
For Robert Van Tol, Executive Director of Water Revolution Foundation, the return of the Sustainability Hub serves as confirmation that there is growing momentum in yachting. “Ever more important is the proof of environmental credentials claimed,” he adds.
“The show has been supportive of the vetting criteria, demonstrating its leading position in the field, and utilising Water Revolution Foundation’s expertise in sustainability. This exhibition area is designed to showcase technologies that bring concrete improvements to the world of yachting, including the health of the oceans.
“We are committed to finding, verifying, promoting, and rewarding sustainable solutions, and driving the necessary change.”
MYS also announced a partnership with Siemens Energy, who will sponsor the Sustainability Hub. The collaboration, says MYS, offers a unique opportunity for all stakeholders in the yachting industry to engage with Siemens Energy and discuss the integration of sustainable energy sources and clean fuels.
By joining forces with Siemens Energy, the Monaco Yacht Show aims to further enhance its commitment to promoting a responsible and environmentally-friendly approach throughout the yachting industry.