Water Revolution Foundation launches green credentials tool for superyachts

AMSTERDAM – The Water Revolution Foundation has launched a tool to rate the green credentials of superyachts, a breakthrough development to increase sustainability in large yacht construction and design.

“The groundwork has been done. It’s now time for the industry and yacht owners to utilize this reliable reference to know where a yacht stands and what opportunities there are to improve its environmental credentials,” said WRF Executive Director Robert van Tol.

He spoke at the mid-November Metstrade show in Amsterdam, where he shared details of the Yacht Environmental Transparency Index with the global industry. The YETI 1.0 tool scores and compares yachts’ environmental credentials. Once fully operational, it will compare yachts to an average operational profile.

By expressing emissions from a large motor or sailing yacht in EcoPoints and dividing these by gross tonnage, YETI 1.0 arrives at a rating within its class. The defined classes are <500, 500-3000GT and >3000GT.

It is hoped the Yeti 1.0 will become the superyacht industry’s system of sustainability labels, just like those colored labels consumers find on household appliances.

The WRF is a non-profit that global superyacht builders founded in 2018. It currently has 60 sector members in various categories. Its 14 anchor members include nine leading builders and sector suppliers. Eco-labeling yachts was an idea of De Voogt Naval Architects of Feadship.

The YETI 1.0 tool considers a yacht’s speed, power, loads, generators, battery banks and heating system. It generates a score, an explanation of how it was determined, a comparison with the rest of the fleet within a class, and suggestions for greener the yacht.

As it launched YETI 1.0, the WRF pleaded for more industry participation. Notably from captains, engineers, shipyards, naval architects and management companies to help develop YETI 2.0 and “expand the tool’s scope beyond operational efficiency.”