ABOUT THE DATABASE
There are more sustainable solutions available today than most yachting professionals are aware of. If these solutions were to be implemented, an overall reduction in environmental impact could be achieved immediately.
That’s where our database of sustainable solutions excels, by sharing systems, knowledge and best practices in order to increase their adoption and fast-track sustainability. Not only is it of value to the industry, but we believe that suppliers of sustainable solutions deserve a stage to be promoted amongst key decision makers. We’re pleased to provide them with this stage and, in turn, drive sustainability in the superyacht industry.
This database aims to become the main reference for the superyacht industry to find verified sustainable solutions available today. It’s success, however, depends on the active participation of the entire yachting community. Only when we embrace sustainability and implement solutions that make a difference can we strongly reduce our environmental impact.
What types of solutions are included?
We’re looking for solutions that contribute to increased efficiency, reduction of environmental impact, cleaner processes, corporate social responsibility and human health. These should be ready to be implemented on board of superyachts during their new build, operational or refit phases, as well as in production facilities and corporate offices.
The superyacht industry is the perfect breeding ground to co-develop, trial and perfect new sustainable solutions. This is thanks to our affluent clientele who have the resources to drive sustainability, and the many skilled craftsmen, engineers and architects who are not afraid of pushing the boundaries. Despite this, effective use of R&D budgets is remains crucial. It’s therefore important that there is widespread knowledge as to what solutions are already available so that these can be used as benchmarks to continue development, maximising the R&D budgets on offer.
By collaborating on innovation, we can both accelerate and increase the reduction of our collective environmental impact. This does not mean intellectual property needs to be shared and competitive advantage would be jeopardised. In fact, it expands the market for suppliers of sustainable solutions and demonstrates that investing in sustainability is rewarded.
Why must solutions be verified?
The global shift towards sustainability has pleasingly resulted in a large number of solutions purporting to be sustainable. Verifying their effectiveness is a crucial step in avoiding greenwashing and ensuring that all solutions promoted do what they set out to. Therefore, before a solution will be published in the database, it will first be verified. This process involves a rigorous appraisal of the solution, applying a holistic approach based on the Life Cycle Assessment methodology, i.e. assessing the solution’s environmental impacts starting from the raw material extraction through different life cycle stages. If a solution is found to contribute to a sufficient reduction in environmental impact, it will obtain a stamp of verification and be included in the database.
Promoting inclusive, sustainable solutions and fostering innovation are at the top of the international agenda, and will provide a new path for economic growth.
Vienna Eleuteri, initiator and vice-chair
What is Water Revolution Foundation?
Water Revolution Foundation is a non-profit on a mission to drive sustainability in the superyacht industry through collaboration and innovation, leading the way towards neutralising its ecological footprint and preserving the world’s precious oceans. Healthy oceans are not just vital for the future of the superyacht industry, they are crucial for the planet’s wellbeing. The database is an instrumental part of Water Revolution Foundation’s objective to accelerate sustainability in the superyacht industry through innovation, collaboration and knowledge sharing.
Did you know?
Did you know that our database of sustainable solutions supports the following three Sustainable Development Goals?
SDG 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
SDG 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialisation and foster innovation
SDG 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development