Calling all superyachts! Get your trial ‘green credentials’ checked

AMSTERDAM – The Water Revolution Foundation – an Amsterdam-based alliance of global superyacht builders and related sectors – is inviting yacht owners to submit their craft to a trial green credentials survey.

Participants will get a feedback report if they “submit the required yacht input data,” says WRF Executive Director Robert van Tol. The survey is a trial whose outcome will be confidential, says Van Tol. “You will know where you stand, and we will be able to assess the robustness and inclusiveness of our beta YETI 1.0 calculator.”

Robert van Tol

The WRF’s ‘Yacht Environmental Transparency Index’ is still in development. The YETI analyzes superyachts’ operational profiles from which an average annual profile is created to serve as a benchmark. This is how those colored energy labels are created for cars and refrigerators.

Van Tol says that reducing superyachts’ environmental imprint is an issue for both new-to-build and existing yachts.

Initiated by Bram Jongepier, senior designer at Feadship-De Voogt Naval Architects, the YETI project is a tool to compare yachts based on their environmental credentials. It lays the groundwork for more informed decisions for new-build projects and upgrades of existing yachts.

WRF hopes at least 250 superyachts will join the trial. Participation is free of charge and WRF will not make the green score of each yacht public.

Work on YETI began in 2018, not long after WRF was founded as a not-for-profit organization to drive sustainability across the superyacht industry by reducing its environmental impact.

Collaborating in the YETI are Abeking & Rasmussen, Benetti, Damen Yachting, Delft De Voogt Studio, Delft University of Technology, Dykstra Naval Architects, Feadship, Fincantieri Yachts, Heesen Yachts, Lateral Naval Architects, Lürssen, Marin, MB92, Oceanco, Royal Huisman, Safe Harbor Marinas, Sanlorenzo, TNO Innovation for Life and Vitruvius Yachts.

WRF has a vacancy for a naval architect to oversee the YETI project once it has been formally launched.