Future sustainability requirements to be addressed

10 Oct 2017

The end-of-life of boats and environmental regulations will be the focus on sustainability discussions on the Innovation Stage at METSTRADE

METSTRADE 2017 will showcase its commitment to sustainability in the leisure marine industry.

On November 14, the Innovation Stage will look at issues around the end-of-life of boats, while on November 15, the focus will be on the leisure marine industry’s plans to cope with future requirements regarding environmental regulations and expectations.

“After the successful conferences on environmental issues held alongside the two previous METSTRADE Shows, we are now bringing sustainability into the heart of the event for the 2017 edition,” said RAI Amsterdam's maritime director, Irene Dros.

Entrepreneurial focus
The end-of-life boat session will involve a roundup of the latest developments from various countries and marine organisations related to this substantial threat to future sustainability.

With a panel including Neil Chapman, CEO of Boatshed.com and Willem Dekker, president of the European Boating Association, the session will encourage a more entrepreneurial focus on ways to address the challenges while keeping track of financial realities.

The future requirements session will look at how boat design and construction techniques can be adapted to minimise the harmful impact on the environment over their entire lifecycle without reducing profitability and growth. Ways to follow environmental trends set by other sectors, such as those seen in the circular economy, will also be considered.

The panel for this session will include Christoph Ballin, CEO and co-founder of Torqeedo and Renaud Tourte, R&D director of the Beneteau Group boats division.

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