Carbon Offsetting Your Superyacht

Carbon Offsetting Your Superyacht

Carbon offsetting superyachts is increasing in popularity, with a growing number of yacht Owners volunteering to contribute to carbon offset programs. Through such schemes, a yacht’s carbon emissions are balanced with equivalent greenhouse gas savings from green projects around the world. A subsidy can also be paid when chartering a yacht to contribute to ecological schemes.

These verified environmental projects, such as forestry planting, wind farms, and hydroelectric dams, allow yacht owners to balance the environmental footprint of the yacht. Not only does this reduce global emissions overall, but it also gains the yacht (and its Owner) an admirable reputation as being environmentally and socially responsible.

Yacht Owners can elect to offset their carbon usage with any number of carbon offsetting companies around the world, but the dominant player in the yachting industry is Yacht Carbon Offset, a Lloyds-accredited company. Current projects supported by Yacht Carbon Offset include an advanced anti-fouling project for international shipping; wind farms in China, India, and Mexico; solar power in Mauritius; renewable energy in the Amazon; biomass energy projects in Russia and China; and geothermal projects in Turkey.

Part or all of a yacht’s emissions can be neutralised, with one credit equalling one metric ton of greenhouse gas. For many yachts, offsetting emissions is a significantly cheaper and more convenient option than reducing emissions directly – a process that would either require less cruising or a major refit to improve the yacht’s fuel efficiency.

Numerous high-profile yacht Owners have signed up to the carbon offset project, as well as major shipyards, yachting companies, and marinas. Some charter yachts also offer voluntary carbon offsetting options to charterers who wish to reduce the environmental impact of their yachting vacation, with many prestigious yachts in the charter market now participating in the scheme.

Yacht charterers with an interest in sustainable yachting will be intrigued by S/Y ETHEREAL, a 58m eco-luxury sailing yacht that is regarded as one of the most environmentally friendly superyachts on the water. Built by renowned shipyard Royal Huisman in 2009, S/Y ETHEREAL features hybrid technology, sustainable materials, and of course, a carbon offsetting option for any emissions. Sleeping up to 12 guests in five elegant staterooms, S/Y ETHEREAL also features a sunken Bedouin tent on deck, a cinema room, a diving board, and a master suite with sauna.

For Owners wishing to carbon offset their yacht’s emissions, experienced yacht management companies can manage this aspect for you.

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