As an industry which lives for being on the seas, we see first-hand the effects humanity is having on our waters. It is important that this wonderful and unique resource which we rely on is protected…
Mindful of the future we’ve taken steps towards delivering a more environmentally friendly Show and thank our exhibitors and other stakeholders for their support and we hope you, our visitors, will also join us on this journey so we can all work together towards cleaner waterways for future generations to enjoy.
We celebrated our 50th Show this year, and took steps towards minimising the environmental impact of the event and raise awareness of the plight of the world’s oceans among its thousands of visitors and exhibitors. Working with the Marine Conservation Society, we have launched a dynamic three-year pledge which includes moving away from single use plastics, serving only sustainable fish, continuing to recycle waste wherever possible and encouraging environmentally responsible behaviour by visitors, exhibitors, staff and other stakeholders.
By 2020, we aim to have individual engagement and signed commitment to marine conservation from of all our exhibitors and contractors through our Exhibitor & Contractor Environment Charter.
Year one (2018)
- No plastic (including polystyrene) straws, cutlery, plates, stirrers or food or drinks containers available at onsite catering outlets. In addition where possible, an alternative to plastic bottles will be used and an emphasis will be placed on investigating future substitutes, particularly in the sale of water
- All seafood sold at the Show will be of a sustainable nature according to Marine Conservations Society’s Good Fish Guide, with a rating of 3 or above
- The continuation of all onsite waste to be sent to an accredited recycling plant for proper processing
- Raise awareness of marine conservation among exhibitors and visitors through a number of initiatives both in the run up and during the Show, including the launch of the Exhibitor & Contractor Environment Charter
- Actively encourage environmentally responsible behavior by our staff, visitors, exhibitors and other stakeholders
- Encourage travelling to and from the Show by public transport where viable
Year two (2019)
- Water bottle refill areas available at the Show
- No plastic cups available at onsite catering outlets
- First year of sign ups of the voluntary Exhibitor & Contractor Environment Charter
- A sea clean up regime at the Show
Year three (2020)
- Intention to sign up all exhibitors and contractors to the Exhibitor & Contractor Environment Charter
Want to be a part of making UK boating more environmentally sustainable?
In 2005 The Green Blue was launched at the Show, being an environmental awareness programme set up by the Royal Yachting Association and British Marine to promote the sustainable use of coastal and inland waters by boating and watersports participants, as well as the sustainable operation and development of the recreational boating industry.
The Green Blue’s objective is to help boaters and boating businesses to minimise their impact on the environment by raising awareness amongst industry and users; reducing harmful discharges; reducing environmental disturbance; and encouraging sustainable choices. For more information, and for what you can do to help us in our journey towards cleaner waterways, click here.