Published on: 25 July 2019
Following on from last year’s Boat Show, British Marine is continuing and improving its long-term commitment to the environment with year two of its Environmental Pledge at Southampton International Boat Show, powered by Borrow A Boat.
This year, British Marine is concentrating on eight distinct areas of change; Plastics, Paper, Catering, Waste & Recycling, Our Home, Travel, Access and Education & Awareness. This includes the introduction of water refill points around the Show, a new Sea Clean Up Regime, no plastic bottles at our onsite catering outlets and free reusable water bottles for all exhibitors. This is in addition to the continuation of the changes to last year's Show such as a reduction in single-use plastics on site, the serving of only sustainable fish at the Show’s food outlets, a host of educational environmental activities for visitors, staff and other stakeholders to enjoy and the recycling of waste wherever possible.
An important part for year 2 is the launch of the Exhibitor & Contractor Charter which will aims to ensure operations run both directly and indirectly in accordance with the event are as eco-friendly as possible. As well as adapting how we operate and run the Show, the intention is to have the individual engagement and signed commitment to marine conservation from our exhibitors and contractors to this voluntary Charter over the coming years.
This year also marks the inaugural year of the Exhibitor Environmental Award. Judged by an expert panel, including representatives of the RYA and British Marine’s joint environmental initiative The Green Blue, this annual award will recognise exhibitors who have embraced environmentally responsible behaviour and sustainable work practices at the Show. The first winner will be announced at this year’s Boat Show
Further information on how to sign up to the Charter and enter the Environmental Award will be in announced in forthcoming weeks.