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Standardising the environmental footprint for pleasure boats

In the last few years, environmental impact has become one of the most important issues for the industry. Now it’s the turn of the boating sector to join the movement for pleasure boats, a remarkable initiative that once again confirms the desire for a world that is more respectful of the environment and more committed to sustainable development.

A growing number of companies are looking to reduce their carbon footprint, and major French players in the yachting industry such as the Bénéteau Group, Fountaine Pajot, Grand Large Yachting, Catana and Amel are taking the lead in setting standards for their sector’s environmental footprint.

Since April 2024, the European Boating Industry (EBI), a European association of national boating industry federations, including the French organisation (F.I.N), has given its unconditional support to the initial project led by French players.

The aim of such an ambitious project is to harmonise the approach and structure the entire Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodology. On a European scale, this approach is essential for accurately assessing the overall environmental impact of a product, including the complexity involved. Now is the time for ambitious plans and determination to integrate the environment as a central issue in this sector of activity.

Ultimately, all the players in the marine sector will be able to make the most of all the alternatives on offer, from engines to energy production, not forgetting the bio-based and/or recycled or simply recyclable materials used.

LCAs (Life Cycle Assessments) can also be used to assess the upstream impact of different alternatives and their consequences on the end-of-life of the final product. This new standard will put the spotlight on bio-based products such as our bamboo reinforcements and promote their use, which is excellent news for Cobratex.

The whole Cobratex team is delighted with this initiative for a greener planet and a more sustainable industry. Our commitment and determination will enable us once again to meet a real and growing industrial need in the marine market.

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