Monaco Yacht Show Highlights the Deforestation Effects of Sailing. 1

Many yacht racing sponsorship proposals include reference to the sport’s green credentials – usually based on the fact that the power source for sailing is a renewable energy – the wind. However the sport of sailing does impact the environment  and those seeking to sell yacht racing as sustainable need to understand the bigger picture.

[cleeng_content id=”245757074″ description=”99 cents or 10,000 hours. The path to being an expert can be easy or hard. ” price=”0.99″]The Monaco Yacht Show has joined forces with the Foundation Prince Albert II of Monaco to increase the yachting community’s awareness deforestation. The program called ‘Wood Forever’ aims to sensitize all those involved in the yachting market  to only use wood certified as originating from sustainably-managed forests. The Monaco Yacht Show will give financial backing to this initiative and will play host to the launch of ‘Wood Forever’ at the 20th edition of its Show.

The tropical forests are home to over 75% of the Earth’s biodiversity and their destruction is responsible for more than 20% of all greenhouse gas emissions. Sustainably managing forests and certifying their exploitation can enhance their value. By using certified wood the yacht industry can help protect these forests and their biodiversity.

The yachting sector is a large consumer of wood, whether its intended use be for decoration or construction. ‘Wood Forever’ is the catalyst of a movement already adopted on certain construction sites at the request of clients who are increasingly concerned about the environmental impact of the construction, decoration and future use of their yachts.

The Foundation wishes to speed up and amplify this movement since yachting is a domain of excellence, a window for the luxury industry and of know-how. Whilst the yachting sector often judges itself on the measure of quality of its creations, it must also set an example by displaying virtuous and socially-aware behaviour. This is the message that the Foundation intends to convey to the market as a whole.[/cleeng_content]

  • Phil V.

    Is there a study or report with an analysis of the sailing industry’s carbon footprint as a whole or partially, for example on the use of wood?