LIGNIA Wood Company (Lignia), the manufacturer of a sustainable real-wood alternative to Burmese teak (Lignia Yacht), has joined Water Revolution Foundation (WRF) as a Corporate Partner. Both organisations have been created in order to improve the ecological footprint of the yachting market and drive the superyacht world towards a more sustainable future. WRF will be exploring how the industry can change for the better on day one of The Superyacht Forum 2019 in a session called ‘The Future of Planet Superyacht’ and day two in ‘Reduce / Reuse / Rethink’.
WRF aims to neutralise the footprint of the yachting industry and preserve the world’s oceans. It is the first independent, international non-profit organisation that works to drive sustainability within the superyacht industry through a mixture of promoting new technologies, proactively driving the industry’s green agenda beyond regulations & minimum standards and by investing in ocean conservation projects.
“We are delighted to join and support the Water Revolution Foundation – an organisation that values the importance of sustainability within the superyacht industry,” comments Hans Ng, CEO of Lignia. “We pride ourselves on using sustainable wood for our products and joining forces with the foundation highlights the commitment we continue to make to conserving the world’s most previous resources.”
“Our foundation unites leading companies in the superyacht world that are signing up to our mission and are all committed to a better future for everyone,” adds Robert Van Tol, executive director at WRF. “We’re pleased to welcome Lignia Yacht on board as a corporate partner and look forward to working with them to support change in the superyacht world.”
During The Future of Planet Superyacht on day one of The Superyacht Forum, esteemed panellists from a variety of environmental institutions, including WRF and World Sailing Trust, will explore the needs, expectations and demands of future clients related to the impact the superyacht industry has on the earth and, pressingly, the oceans. How the industry rises to a series of environmental challenges will have a profound effect on our ability to continue to attract UHNWIs to engage with the superyacht lifestyle.
When the issue of sustainability is approached, more often than not, the focus is on the ecological footprint of the product itself and the individuals on board. For example, we frequently ask whether or not superyachts a single-use plastic free. However, being sustainable is not only about operation, it also has much to do with production. In Reduce / Reuse / Rethink, WRF will explore how the superyacht market can apply a new approach to projects to make them more environmentally conscious and more acceptable to the wider market.
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