Our world is under strain and the "green" priority is one of the main topics on the international agenda. That is why world leaders are hard at work – UN Sustainable Development Summit, Global Risks Report, Conference of the Parties (COP), World Economic Forum, Commission for Social Development, etc. – on a new development model. Summarised in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), this official model is known as Transforming our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Leaders of the yachting world are also working hard on these topics. During 2017, some conferences around the themes of environment and innovations were hosted at the Yacht Club de Monaco. The aim was to create positive, shared and optimistic approaches to the challenge of ecological intelligence in the maritime sector. These included the RINA Yachting Academy Seminar and Rendez-vous du Cluster Yachting.
A changing world
As global political shifts give way to a new world order, the role of citizens, businesses and policymakers in the pursuit of progress on the green agenda has also evolved. Today the engines of change are technology and innovation. The latest technological trends have the potential to streamline efforts in sustainability and help to drive progress. These changes mean new opportunities for all of us: businesses, governments, investors. In other words, the future is already hitting us. Of the diverse challenges we face today, the most immediate and important is how to understand and shape the new cultural paradigm, and to see it as exciting rather than frightening.
We are witnessing profound shifts across all industries, marked by the emergence of new business models, the disruption of established markets and the reshaping of production, consumption, transportation and service systems. New ways of using technology also offer the potential for supporting the regeneration and preservation of natural environments. The changes are historic in terms of their size, speed and scope. Their complexity and interconnectivity across sectors imply that all stakeholders have a responsibility to work together to better understand the emerging trends. It is critical that the yachting sector also invests attention and energy in multi-stakeholder cooperation across academic, social, political, national and industry boundaries.
The collaboration between RINA and Eulabor Institute is part of this mutual effort to develop concrete tools needed to participate in, and benefit from, the ongoing transformations. Within the context described so far, the Yachting 4.0 project mainly focuses on the production of luxury yachts, a market segment of high added value and complex one-of-a-kind ships. The segment has been identified by BESST (Breakthrough in European Ship and Shipbuilding Technologies) as a target for innovation in decreased life cycle costs, reduced environmental impact and improved safety.
In essence, RINA and Eulabor Institute look at the yacht as an incubator for innovation. Their collaboration aims to develop models, tools, methodologies and standards that, when applied to the vessel product chain, will allow a substantial reduction in the environmental and energy footprints of the shipbuilding sector. To this end, Eulabor Institute adopted the computational sustainability approach. It was the first time it was possible to implement a management support system, Yachting 4.0, that provides a comprehensive framework in which the best sustainability practices can be adopted from the design stage. More importantly, it also allows their impact to be continuously assessed and certified.
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