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The project kick-off meeting took place in Amsterdam on 16 April 2024. EuCIA board member Thomas Wegman represented EuCIA at the event.

A group of 16 leading European boat manufacturers and eight marine industry associations is coming together to develop an industry standard methodology to measure the environmental footprint of boats under 24 m. It will be based on a coherent life cycle assessment (LCA) approach following the stringent EU Product Environmental Footprint Category Rules.

The project is led by European Boating Industry (EBI) and is industry-financed. Environmental sustainability consultancy Quantis has been chosen as technical partner. The International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA) is a strategic partner of the project to ensure global alignment. It builds on the comprehensive and independent Pathways to Propulsion Decarbonisation for the Recreational Marine Industry study published in November 2023.

EuCIA has been invited to join the liaison board set up to represent the interests of suppliers, including composites, engine manufacturers, and users/consumers. Composites are extensively used in boat building for the manufacture of hulls, decks and other components. EuCIA has partnered with EBI for many years on initiatives to advance the sustainability of the boating industry and promote the circularity of composite materials.

The methodology will also be independently reviewed by a third-party panel of experts representing industry, non-governmental organisations and environmental LCA experts.

Database and assessment tool

The project will be conducted in two phases, first focusing on developing a science-based and transparent environmental footprint methodology to harmonise calculation rules. In the second phase, the focus will be on implementing this with a comprehensive materials database and user-friendly calculation tool. This then allows manufacturers to conduct eco-design and comprehensively reduce environmental impact, as well as communicate the environmental footprint to consumers, stakeholders and regulators. It will go beyond carbon emissions and include other critical environmental indicators.

This common effort will also allow industry to comply with the latest EU environmental legislation and be ahead of the regulatory curve. The project has already been presented to the EU Commission and received its strong support.

A common approach for the boating industry

Tackling climate change and reducing environmental impact as a whole is a major challenge and the boating industry is committed to addressing emissions across the entire life cycle. This is only possible with a common approach that the entire industry is signed up to.

EBI invites all interested manufacturers, suppliers and stakeholders to partner with the project to reach a common pathway for the industry’s sustainability challenge.

The following manufacturers are already involved in the project: Amel Yachts, Amer Yachts, Azimut|Benetti Group, Bavaria Yachts, Beneteau Group, Cantiere del Pardo, Catana Group, Ferretti Group, Fountaine Pajot, Grand Large Yachting, Greenline, Inha Works, Sanlorenzo, Sasga, Sunreef, and Sunseeker. Associations involved in the project are BVWW, FIN, HISWARECRON, Finnboat, Confindustria Nautica, Polboat, ANEN, and British Marine.

Read the press release on the EBI website.

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