WHAT IS THE ISSUE?
Global warming and associated sea level rise and increases in extreme weather conditions have the potential to impact significantly on the recreational boating community. For example increased flood risk will cause loss of water side facilities, damage to existing facilities and raise insurance prices.
The good news is that we can all easily reduce our energy consumption both at home and on board. By introducing a few simple, low cost energy saving measures, you could save as much as 20% on your energy bills, so it makes sound financial and environmental sense to reduce consumption and cut emissions as much as possible.
Everything has a carbon footprint (the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere as a result of the activities of a particular individual, organization, or community) from the produce we buy to the kit we use on board.
WHAT CAN I DO?
- Consider the alternatives available such as electric and bio-diesel engines, water lubricated stern glands, and low VOC paints and varnishes.
- Change to low energy electrics including LED lighting and use solar or wind energy where you can.
- Think about emissions and the ability to recycle when buying kit or craft.
- Try to use only FSC certified wood from responsibly managed forests.
- Avoid using single use items e.g. invest in a reusable drinks bottle and containers.
- Keep your hull clean, engine running efficiently with regular servicing, and trim the engine to minimise fuel consumption.
- Buy local produce and products as much as possible to minimise transport emissions.