5 ways organisations are incorporating sustainability in sailing

How sustainability in sailing has gone to the forefront of everyone’s agenda.

World Ocean Day 2020 highlighted the urgent need to restore and protect our oceans. Their growing global movement called “on world leaders to protect 30% of our blue planet by 2030” to “ensure a healthy home for all”. With calls to action like this gathering momentum, and huge advancements in the land-transport industry, CleanTech news looked at the advancements in the maritime-transport industry to see how companies and governing bodies are taking steps to clean up our oceans.

Here are just five innovative examples of how the world of sailing is working towards a green future.

1. Challenge 2024 and beyond

World Sailing, the world governing body for the sport of sailing, who are officially recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) have set out several policies in their sustainability report. Head of Sustainability, Dan Reading, spoke to CleanTech News and told us of the steps they are taking to protect the environment, stating “we have various carbon reducing measures with the view to halving our carbon emissions by 2024 and being carbon neutral by 2022. Working in partnership with Paris 2024, The Challenge 2024 initiative looks to drive innovation in the marine sector, especially the support boasts which we rely on for safety and coaching”.

Along with Challenge 2024, their Sustainability Agenda 2030, which they shared with CleanTech News, shows how they want “to make sailing more exciting and accessible for everyone to participate or watch; and use our reach and influence to create a sustainable future for our sport and waters of the world”.

This bold and ambitious agenda aims to achieve substantial change within the sport which will actively contribute to global sustainability.

5 ways organisations are incorporating sustainability in sailing
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2. Educating for a green future

Not only is World Sailing making a direct impact on the sustainability of the sport through their Sustainability Agenda 2030, celebrating World Ocean Day, but they also expanded their Sustainability Education Programme. The organisation launched the free materials in six further languages.

The free to use booklet is for children ages 6-12 was developed with The Ocean Race, in partnership with the World Sailing Trust and 11th Hour Racing. Reading stated concerning this:

“World Oceans Day is an important day to celebrate the Ocean but also reflect on its health. There are a number of threats ranging from plastic pollution to climate change. These resources educate young sailors about the global issues with local solutions. There is also plenty of interactive activities to help young sailors learn more about the sport as well as how to protect our oceans as every sailor should”.

It is clear to see that World Sailing are committed to making a sustainable change to the sailing world, whilst educating and inspiring the younger generation to think about ways to keep our oceans clean.

3. Climate-neutral coach boats, the next big thing?

Following the challenge set by World Sailing, Tornado Boats have launched a new climate-neutral coach boat for sailing clubs. The Tornado 6m ZERO-E is powered by Torqeedo’s Deep Blue 50R outboard and a 40 kWh Deep Blue Battery.

Lars Hjorth, CEO of Tornado Boats stated concerning the release of his new boat: “I am excited that we now take big steps into a more sustainable propulsion”.

Tornado Boats do not stop there when it comes to their environmental consciousness. The company “work for a sustainable development where environmental considerations are integrated into all business decisions”. Furthermore, they have all their offices and warehouses under one roof to minimize “co2 emissions as much as possible”.

4. Tesla aids SailGP’s carbon-neutrality goal

SailGP is an annual, global racing championship who say they are “powered by nature and without compromise”. Ahead of their second season, SailGP has announced a new project with Tesla as the first step in achieving carbon-neutrality by 2025. The pair built a mobile off-grid energy storage system with Powerwall in a container and a solar power system on the roof.

This new off-grid system will charge the on-board batteries which power some of the boat’s equipment contributing to their goal of becoming carbon neutral.

5. ‘INSPIRE’ the next generation

Similarly to World Sailing, SailGP is committed to educating young people in sustainability in sailing. SailGP’s ‘Inspire’ initiative is powered by their belief that “sailing can be a force for good”. Their goal is to “leave a positive legacy and build a sustainable sport by providing equal, life-changing opportunities and new career pathways for all, regardless of race or socioeconomic background”.

Aimed at young people, the initiative will allow those involved to “gain valuable life skills as well as knowledge about […] the environment”. Along with their commitment to becoming carbon neutral by 2025, SailGP is making big advancements in cleaning up our oceans through clean technology and education.

Catherine Gray

Catherine Gray is a Senior Writer at CleanTech News, eager to be part of the important discussion around clean technological advances, promoting and celebrating the things that can be achieved. Catherine is particularly interested in how writing can have an impact on people’s lives and hopes to make her own mark in the CleanTech community through championing new innovative technologies. With huge admiration for companies and individuals with the dedication to make positive advances towards a carbon net-zero future and an advocate for sustainably in day to day life, Catherine looks forward to being actively involved in the CleanTech community.