PONANT reinforces its support for the Sea Plastics non-profit organisation and reaffirms its commitment to responsible tourism
8 June 2018
On World Oceans Day, 8 June, PONANT, the world leader in luxury expeditions and the only French cruise company, reiterates its support for the non-profit organisation, Sea Plastics, and continues its day-to-day commitment to responsible tourism.
PONANT reinforces its support for the Sea Plastics charity On World Oceans Day, the Company will donate 1% of turnover made on 8 June to Sea Plastics, thereby confirming its commitment to the preservation of the oceans.
The aim of this non-profit organisation, created in 2016 by students from AgroParisTech, is to contribute to the creation of a circular economy for plastic and to fight to protect the world’s oceans. Each year, an expedition is carried out to study the impact of plastics on the marine environment and to raise public awareness of the cause.
Sustainable development, a priority in the design of the latest-generation ships PONANT’s efforts to reduce its environmental impact are not limited to the processes implemented aboard ship; they start with the very design of the vessels. Clean Ship (Bureau Veritas) certified, the PONANT sisterships are among the most recent ships in the global fleet.
To reduce its environmental impact, PONANT chose to build the first hybrid electric polar exploration ship propelled by Liquefied Natural Gas. This vessel, due to launch in 2021, will embody the culmination of the efforts made by the cruise line.
Its main innovation lies in the use of Liquefied Natural Gas, a fuel that significantly lowers CO2 emissions and enables SO2 and NOX emissions, and near-zero particulate matter. Quite simply, atmospheric pollutants will be eliminated when the Ponant Icebreaker sails in hybrid electric mode in the polar regions, from 2021.
PONANT, the only cruise company to carry out Environmental Impact Assessments.
Before any new PONANT itinerary is finalised, an expert carries out a series of fact-finding missions. To this unique approach can be added a brand-new initiative: For each of its unexplored territories, PONANT carries out an Environmental Impact Assessment.
This approach means that the potential impact on the ecosystem to be visited is identified and can be reduced as much as possible: a historic inventory of the region, a study of the fauna and flora, meetings with the local populations, choice of possible activities for guests, ensuring that they respect the local environment. This approach also involves carefully chosen itineraries, the writing of environmental guidelines that are specific to each one of these sensitive regions, a Code of Conduct for guests and, of course, zero tolerance of any potential negative impact.
Responsible tourism: everyone is an ambassador!
The goal is to make the passengers aware of how necessary it is to protect the places visited but also to encourage them to take on an active role, so that they become true stakeholders in the journey.
“We protect best what we know. That statement perfectly encapsulates the spirit that drives PONANT : to offer sustainable tourism, focused on values of respect for the ecosystems and the populations encountered, and on preservation of the environment, in particular the oceans and polar regions,” declared Jean Emmanuel Sauvée, PONANT CEO.
During their cruise, guests thus observe a set of practical measures designed to preserve the fauna and flora, local populations and oceans.
Partners who share this environmental commitment
PONANT has joined forces with partners such as Le Cercle Polaire, a think tank that works to preserve the polar environments. PONANT is also a signatory of the Charte Bleue d’Armateurs de France (Blue Charter of French Shipowners) and a member of the International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators (IAATO) and the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO), working to safeguard fauna and flora through the adoption of responsible behaviour. Moreover, PONANT won the 2016 Trophy from the Blue Charter of French Shipowners as a reward for its day-to-day commitment to responsible tourism .
ABOUT SEA PLASTICS
Because of its geographical reach and its persistent nature, ocean plastic pollution causes irreversible damage to marine biodiversity and ecosystems. The aim of Sea Plastics, a non-profit organisation created in 2016 by students from AgroParisTech, is to design and implement oceanographic expeditions to study the impact of plastics on the marine environment. The data gathered will contribute to the creation of a circular economy for plastic and help the fight to protect the world’s oceans. seaplastics.wixsite.com/seaplastics
Established in 1988 by Jean Emmanuel Sauvée and a dozen officers from the French Merchant Navy, PONANT is the world leader in luxury expeditions and the only French-owned cruise line. Today, PONANT is leading the way with a new style of luxury cruising through a unique conception of sea travel which combines exceptional itineraries and luxury hotel services, aboard luxurious smaller-scale ships. www.ponant.com