Wednesday, 21st September


About the Day

Promoting environmental responsibility is incredibly important to Southampton International Boat Show. For the fourth year running the show, through its Exhibitor Environmental Awards, will recognise this year’s exhibitors who are making significant advances in green technology and in adopting environmental best practice. Check out the show’s map to see all those exhibitors who have signed up to the show’s Environmental Pledge and Charter.

Wednesday’s programme will shine further light on the progress being made in boating to aid the industry’s passage towards net zero. Visitors will be able to see some of the latest green tech at the new Environmental Innovation Showcase, located in Ocean Hall. This Environmental Spotlight Day will also include short talks from the Foredeck Stage, with subjects ranging from retrofitting electric engines to steps we can all take to help preserve the marine environment.


Programme for the Day

Environmental Innovation Showcase, Ocean Hall stand J238

The new Environmental Innovation Showcase, located in Ocean Hall, will shine a spotlight on the best of the marine industry’s new environmental products, highlighting to consumers how the marine industry is becoming greener and cleaner with a range of products and innovations on display from new build boats to eco responsible waterproofs and cookers to electric drives there is something that wil be relevant to all visitors.


The Green Blue, Ocean Hall stand J202   

Come and chat to experts leading the RYA and British Marine’s Green Blue Programme and hear how you can reduce your impact on the marine environment. Explore the range of sustainable boating products and services from The Green Blue’s Business Directory and find out where your nearest inland and coastal environmental facilities are located, from recycling and water refill points, pump-out stations and hazardous waste disposal. Hear about the action being taken to protect and restore our seagrass environment. You can even take part in the restoration process by making wildflower seedballs to take home and plant.

11:00 – 17:40   Environmental Talks from the Foredeck Stage

No need to book just come and take a seat in front of the Foredeck Stage and listen to one or more of the varied environmental talks listed below.

  • 11:00 – 11:30 ‘ReMEDIES: protecting and restoring our seagrass habitats’, by Kate Fortnam,Campaign Manager, The Green Blue 
  • 11:30 – 12:00 ‘Retrofitting Electric Engines  by Ross Wombell, Head of Technical Services British Marine and Steve Bruce, managing director of E-Propulsion / Bas Edmonds HPI   Ben Sutcliffe-Davies. Retrofitting with electric propulsion isn’t just a case of installing one, what else do you need to consider.
  • 12:00 – 12:30 ‘Marine Shift 360 – a life cycle assessment tool to aid sustainable design and manufacturing’ by marine industry expert Ollie Taylor.
  • 12:30 – 13:00 ‘Boat abandonment and its environmental impact’  by sustainability consultant James Scott Anderson of Blue Parameters
  • 13:00 – 13:30 ‘Racing and the environment’ by Alan Roberts, world class sailor who is set to compete in the 2024 Vendee Globe
  • 13:30 – 14:00 ‘Why are we taking on the world’s toughest row’,by the ‘In our element’ Atlantic rowing team, Hollie Luff, Rachel Lasham, Eliot Holman and Mike Hatch, together with Prof. Andy Pickford of the Centre for Enzyme Innovation, University of Portsmouth
  • 14:00 – 14:30 ‘Global Solo Challenge: sailing non-stop around the world fossil fuel free’by Will Croxford, Blue Marine Foundation
  • 14:30 – 15:00 ‘Sail without Stowaways and Save our Seabirds’ by Tessa Coledale of the RSPB
  • 15:00 – 15:30 ‘Sustainable Boating for Cleaner Healthier Waters’ by Kate Fortnam, The Green Blue Programme
  • 15:30 – 16:00 Launch of The Green Blue’s Environmental Boating Pledge by Mike Golding OBE, patron founder of The Green Blue
  • 16:00 – 17:00 TYHA Marina of The Year awards, sponsored by Towergate, facilitated by Hayley Cloke
  • 17:00 – 17:40 ‘The importance of a survey without X-ray vision’, by Ben Sutcliffe-Davies industry expert and marine surveyor