Carbon offset superyachts are growing in popularity, with more and more yacht owners voluntarily contributing to carbon offset programs. Through the scheme, cruise ships’ carbon emissions are offset by equivalent greenhouse gas savings from green projects around the world. Subsidies can also be paid at any time rent a yacht to contribute to the ecological scheme.
These verified environmental projects, such as forestry plantations, wind farms, and hydroelectric dams, allow cruise owners to balance the cruise ship’s environmental footprint. This not only reduces overall global emissions, but also earns yachts (and their Owners) an admirable reputation for being environmentally and socially responsible.
Cruise Ship Owners can choose to offset their carbon usage with a number of carbon offset companies around the world, but the dominant players in the yachting industry are Cruise Ship Carbon Offset, a Lloyds accredited company. Projects currently supported by Yacht Carbon Offset include an advanced anti-fouling project for international shipping; wind farms in China, India, and Mexico; solar power in Mauritius; renewable energy on Amazon; biomass energy projects in Russia and China; and geothermal projects in Turkey.
Some or all of a cruise ship’s emissions can be neutralized, with one credit equivalent to one metric ton of greenhouse gases. For many cruise ships, offsetting emissions is a much cheaper and more convenient option than reducing emissions directly – a process that requires less cruising or major overhauls to increase the fuel efficiency of the cruise.
Many high-end yacht owners have signed up to carbon offset projects, as well as major shipyards, yachting companies and marinas. Some charter yachts also offer voluntary carbon offset options to charterers who wish to reduce the environmental impact of their yachting vacations, with many of the prestigious cruise ships in the charter market now participating in the scheme.
Yacht charterers with an interest in sustainable yachting will be attracted by the S/Y ETHEREAL, a 58m long eco-friendly luxury sailing yacht considered one of the greenest superyachts on the water. Built by famous shipyard Royal Huisman in 2009, S/Y ETHEREAL features hybrid technology, sustainable materials, and of course, carbon offset options for any emissions. Accommodating up to 12 guests in five elegant cabins, the S/Y ETHEREAL also features sunken Bedouin tents on deck, cinema room, diving board and master suite with sauna.
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