The Monaco Yacht Show has a new aspect they are rolling out for 2022. It’s called the Sustainability Hub and it will be welcoming companies that specialise in environmentally friendly superyacht technology.
The yachting world is rapidly changing. Gone are the days of fuel-overconsumption, “dirty” propulsion systems and general disregard for the environment. Today’s yacht owners are a savvy bunch who know that what’s good for the planet is good for them, and that creating an impact means less about the flash and more about sustainable approaches.
The Monaco Yacht Show (MYS) is completely on board with this new philosophy and has responded with an incubator for companies that “provide tried and true eco-friendly solutions, as well as budding start ups working on sustainable alternatives that fit in seamlessly with the yachting world”. And they’re calling it the Sustainability Hub.
The Hub will be located in a 200m2 space in Darse Sud with a tent entirely dedicated to new marine technologies and equipment. The idea is that it will serve as a tool to raise awareness about issues affecting the environment in both Monaco and the larger international yachting community.
“When the MYS joined the Carbon Neutral programme in 2005, we were already hell-bent on raising environmental awareness,” said Gaëlle Tallarida, Managing Director of the MYS. “The MYS later joined the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation in 2010 to support their eco-friendly projects. Might I remind you that the yachting industry had barely started taking on a ‘green attitude’ at the time.
“Our pioneering approach to sustainability in organising the show, which began 18 years ago, now extends to a new dedicated exhibition at the MYS. The MYS constitutes one of the industry’s major voices, a share of social responsibility that we fully assume today. Therefore, the Sustainability Hub was an obvious and logical next step for the Monaco Yacht Show.
Gaëlle Tallarida says that the new area dedicated to eco-friendly yachting alternatives is part of the MYS sustainability programme, which is set to be extended to the logistics and layout of the entire show.
“We intend to provide support to all those involved – exhibitors, service providers and visitors alike – whilst exploring concrete solutions to environmental problems,” she adds.
The Sustainably Hub will base its selection criteria on the collaborative efforts of the Monaco Yacht Show and its partner in this endeavour, the Water Revolution Foundation.
“The creation of the Sustainability Hub is a crucial achievement,” said Robert Van Tol, Executive Director of the Water Revolution Foundation. “The Monaco Yacht Show has once again consolidated its leading position in the field, whilst highlighting the Water Revolution Foundation’s expertise in terms of sustainability. Thus, the show’s new exhibition area is designed to showcase forms of technology that will bring concrete improvements to the world of yachting. We are making every effort to find, verify, promote and reward sustainable solutions, whilst encouraging their use and bringing about much needed change.”
The Monaco Yacht Show will be held from 28th September to 1st October.
Photo of Monaco Yacht Show 2021 by Cassandra Tanti, Monaco Life