...use resources sustainably

  •  Effects of global warming such as sea level rise and more extreme weather conditions will occur within the lifetime of our children.

     

  • Increased flood risk will cause loss of water side facilities, damage to existing facilities  and raise insurance prices.

     

  • The 2012 Olympic Games will be the first with ‘zero-waste’ and low carbon policies.

     

Advice

 

  • Be prepared for climate change and safeguard local boating facilities by getting involved in shoreline and coastal management planning. See the RYA guidance note for more information.

     

  • There are a mass of alternatives available to those who look - electric or biodiesel engines, water lubricated stern glands, even alternative fuels like vegetable oils

     

  • When buying a new craft, or new products for your craft, purchase with resource efficiency, emission and ability to be recycle in mind. You can even request the environmental policies of boating businesses or manufacturers prior to making purchasing decisions.

     

  • Consider VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) emissions – particularly from hull materials and paints.

     

  • Make certain wood is sources from responsibly managed forests e.g. accredited by the Forest Stewardship Council.

     

  • Reduce, reuse and recycle – what is waste to you may be useful to someone else – boat jumbles are good ways to pass on second hand goods.

     

  • Keep your hull clean, engine running efficiently and learn to trim the engine to minimise fuel consumption.