Monaco Yacht Show filled up with Sustainability to set sail for a brighter future.
Updated: Dec 2, 2022
It is one of the luxury lifestyle sectors that is most loved and desired. The relationship between Human Beings and the Sea has always marked the history of humanity and more recently sea lovers are used to posting fantastic marine views through their social media. And those who are lucky enough to take photos and videos aboard super yachts equipped with every comfort are the most popular among followers.
The 2022 edition of the Monaco Yacht Show (MYS) has just ended with a truly encouraging atmospherein the global luxury yachting field that is expecting to exceed 12 billion dollars by 2031 with some leading nations like Italy, France and the Netherlands.
"I address my full support to the companies presenting viable sustainable solutions to shape the yachting world of today and tomorrow. It is essential for the future of this industry and crucial for the future of the Planet”, H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco.
The Monaco Yacht Show really represented the four continents, giving space to each chain: naval engineering, architecture and design, marinas, training of crews and exclusive uniforms production in addition to any other high-tech device, leisure equipment and touristic information about dream destinations, pearls of the oceans. The thirty-first edition of the MYS also confirmed the legacy between the protection of the seas and Monaco’s heritage putting Sustainability under the magnifying glass. H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco highlighted: “I am delighted to announce the launch of a new exhibition area: the Sustainability Hub. I address my full support to the companies presenting viable sustainable solutions to shape the yachting world of today and tomorrow. It is essential for the future of this industry and crucial for the future of the Planet”.
Not by chance, since 2010 the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation has been supporting an environmentally friendly way to conceive high-end yachting, supported by a market increasingly attentive to the more and more eco-conscious ecological demands of customers. H.E. Pierre Dartout, Minister of State of Monaco, pointed out: “Monaco may not be the only yachting capital, but it is definitely the capital of sustainable yachting. This approach is fully in line with the Government of Monaco’s active policy to combat global warming, under the impetus of the Sovereign Prince”.
The MYS event management is going ‘bright green’ through a series of pro-environmental commitments to minimize its carbon footprint in line with Monaco’s targets. Soft Mobility, energy efficiency, 3Rs waste management, eco-responsibility and sustainable business incubator services are some of the pillars of MYS’s environmental policies. Its commitment went further this year through the official signing of the Pacte National pour la Transition Énergétique (National Energy Transition Pact), an innovative tool allowing Monaco residents, workers, students, companies, institutions and associations to commit themselves and take action for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
On the 28th September 2022, Gaëlle Tallarida, Managing Director at the Monaco Yacht Show, officially made the engagement in the presence of Annabelle Jaeger-Seydoux, Director of the Mission for Energy Transition, branch of Monaco’s Government.
“We are pleased we adhered to this charter of commitments which unites all the compliers through three main energy transition topics: mobility, waste and energy", Gaëlle Tallarida, Managing Director at the Monaco Yacht Show.
MONACŒCOART® attended the opening press conference to witness this meaningful moment. The MYS Managing Director underlined: “We are pleased we adhered to this charter of commitments which unites all the compliers through three main energy transition topics: mobility, waste and energy. Among the various initiatives, we will be carrying on an energy carbon emission cycle assessment during the event to foster improvements for the next editions”.
The Director of the Mission pour la Transition Énergétique (MTE) added: “It is essential to measure your performance to reach your scope 1 that is to calculate the emissions of the event as a whole so that you can look at your scope 2 considering exhibitors, visitors, yachting crews and yachts approaching Port Hercules for the MYS and then you move to scope 3 taking into account all your supplies…it is definitely a long journey and I am very happy that you started it with us. The Mission will be constantly at your side building up a local step-by-step strategy!".
Robert van Tol, Executive Director of the Water Revolution Foundation founded by Dr. Vienna Eleuteri, stressed: “What a milestone in the yachting sector having a Yacht Show giving recognition to the showcase of qualified sustainable solutions to keep as ambitious goals for other companies. It is very important to successfully moving forward!".
Effectively, the field of the Yachting is one of the first branch of the naval industry to build an environmental awareness through dedicated non-profit associations aimed at reducing impacts on marine ecosystems through measurements and improvements. The eco-wave is being embracing all continents as demonstrated by the presence of a new exhibition area from Australia, Tahiti and Bermudas. “An increasing number of naval industries including manufacturers are turning to clean technologies with special regard to hybrid systems more than hydrogen so far”, stated Brett Bolton, Director of Special Projects at Rivergate Marina & Shipyard, Australian award-winning facilities and refitting hub (Brisbane).
On the other hand, technology and knowledge are continuously evolving and Yachting stimulates the exchange of ideas and best practices useful for the global community. And that was quite clear at the Monaco Yacht Show where yachting eco-refitting reached new frontiers like the know how developed by Laneva Boats 100% electric, ‘made in Monaco’ pioneering company capable to retrofit any iconic yacht like the Ariston by the legendary Riva® shipbuilder presented in preview at the Monaco Yacht Show within a joint project co-financed by the Mission of Energy Transition. Its performances never stopped thanks to a 150-kW electric engine reaching up to 30 knots and sailing more than two hours and half at an average speed of 15 knots.
Photo >> Robert van Tol, Executive Director of Water Revolution Foundation, and the architect Philippe Briand (MYS 2022 opening press conference, 28th September 2022) © Maurice Abbati MoEART.
The life cycle approach to improve the supply chain was at the base of most of the devices presented at the Show. Circular economy, therefore, seems compatible with the luxury lifestyle by the sea. As reaffirmed by Robert van Tol, Executive Director of Water Revolution Foundation: “We need both research, innovation and a different approach involving also the regulatory level and public bodies and decision makers."
Philippe Briand, renowned naval architect founder of his own avant-garde architect house highlighted: “Sailing is a sort of priority since it allows to better use the power of the wind; this is one of the main path to go, more sustainable with the support of the most advanced technologies applied to hydrogenators able to synthesize energy. The hydrogen is the future in yachting alongside the growing use of biodegradable materials."
Photo >> Anders Kurtén, CEO at Baltic Yachts and the Q&A section at the opening press conference (MYS 2022, 28th September 2022) © Maurice Abbati MoEART
As far as global customers are concerned, they are getting more and more engaged in eco-friendliness as witnessed by Anders Kurtén, CEO at Baltic Yachts: “The eco-philosophy is growing faster than expected and clients actively collaborate to create sustainable solutions to advance in the green way. Reducing the environmental footprint, minimizing total consumption and cutting pollutants are the key parameters to follow".
As usual, the Monaco Yacht Show 2022 played as a privileged stage to present unique entrepreneurial realities that have put into practice the values of sustainability with initiative and smart approach.
Photo >> MonacoEcoArt® met Tom Cotter, CEO at OceanR, and Michael Köhler, founder of Silent Yachts (MYS 2022, 28th -29th September 2022) - © Maurice Abbati MoEART.
MONACŒCOART® collected some of the most ingenious and out of ordinary cases.
OceanR (@oceanr.co) is much more than a sustainable clothing company focused on conceiving tailor-made luxury uniforms for sea crews. Tom Cotter, founder and CEO explained to us the comprehensive system based on product life cycle and corporate sustainability. Innovation, passion for the sea, visionary approach pushed Michael Köhler, skilled sails man to conceive a revolutionary set of full electric and hybrid luxury yachts extremely functional: Silent Yachts (@silent_yachts_headquarters). Pininfarina (@pininfarina_official), the most populartrailblazer Italian design company, together with Fulvio De Simoni’s nautical studio (@fulviodesimoni) is creating a series of super yachts equipped with top-level design and unique eco-power systems. Kevin Rice, Chief Executive Officer at Pininfarina, dressed an interesting overview of the relationship among design, luxury and sustainability.
Photo >> MonacoEcoArt® met Kevin Rice, Chief Executive Officer at Pininfarina, and Bert Houtman, Director at U-Boat Worx (MYS 2022, 28th -29th September 2022) © Pininfarina & © Maurice Abbati MoEART.
High-tech and innovation at the service to explore the wonders of the subsea is the main goal of U-Boat Worx (@uboatworx) that is now working on a further project, following-up their win-win mini-submarine for leisure and research uses, as confirmed by the Director Bert Houtman. Last but not least, Chloé Zaied introduced us in world preview to EPHYRA by Hynova (@hynova.yachts), an unprecedented fully integrated hybrid yachting system, fully sustainable and provided with exclusive infrastructures and services.
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Photo >> MonacoEcoArt® met Chloé Zaied Chloé Zaied introducing in world preview EPHYRA by Hynova, pioneering hydrogen fully integrated yachting ecosystem (Monaco Yacht Club, 1st October 2022) - © Maurice Abbati MoEART.
By Maurice Abbati