While the vast majority of yachts are still diesel powered, charterers are looking for a more environmentally friendly and fuel efficient yacht. The yachting industry is making strides to reduce its impact on the environment and its carbon footprint through innovative technologies and green initiatives.
At Charter Deal we have decided to rate every yacht we advertise: the higher the rating on a base of 100, the greener the yacht.
Our rating is based on 5 criteria that take into account the yacht’s construction process, its use and maintenance, its equipment and the owner’s commitment to preserve the marine life and the environment.
Yacht design & construction
Is the yacht designed to reduce its environmental impact?
- Hull design efficiency to reduce fuel consumption
- Materials: sourcing, use of lightweight recycled or renewable materials for interiors, weight reduction, etc.
- Propulsion with minimum noise and vibration at sea
- High-tech dynamic positioning system to minimise the impact of the anchor when dropped.
- Carbon footprint during the construction phase
Yacht carbon footprint
What is the yacht’s main propulsion system?
- Type of propulsion: diesel, hybrid, electric, wind
- Engine filtration system
- Average fuel consumption at cruising speed, consumption per Nm at cruising speed
Is the yacht equipped with :
- Engines with clean exhaust
- Black and grey water tanks
- High-tech waste water treatment
- Waste heat recovery system
- LED lights, solar panels
- Chlorine free water maker
Yacht use and maintenance
How is the yacht operated by the crew?
- Use of marine friendly & biodegradable products
- Use of non-biocidal silicone antifouling
- Recycling: plastic and glass water bottles
- Mooring practices to avoid damage to fragile seabed/marine ecosystems
- Does the owner/yacht management support organisations working to reduce plastic pollution ?
- Does the owner/yacht management participate in charter carbon offset or research programme ?
- Is the yacht compiant with the International Maritime Organisation Tier III regulations?
Obviously, sailing yachts/sailing catamarans – followed by newer motor yachts – are generally the greener option for minimising your impact at sea while enjoying a luxury yacht charter.