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Jointly organised by Quaynote Communications and YachtMedia, the ‘Sustainability in the Marine Industry’ conference is powered by METSTRADE and technically supported by the International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA). The much anticipated Conference, which will be staged on the Monday before the 2016 METSTRADE, follows on from last year’s sell-out ‘Future of Yacht Recycling Conference’.
Currently Sustainability Manager at Land Rover BAR, Sir Ben Ainslie’s America’s Cup team, Susie Tomson has been an associate member of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (AIEMA) since 2008 and has a PhD in integrated coastal management (2001) from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne.
Tomson established Earth to Ocean Ltd in 2009, delivering sustainability advice to major events, high performance teams and the construction sector. Her experience covers the Ryder Cup and Golf’s European Tour, the London 2012 Olympics, as well as the earlier British America’s Cup Challenge TeamOrigin. Sir Ben Ainslie and his team are investing in making all of their operations, including the recycling of their racing yachts, as environmentally sustainable as possible.
The Land Rover BAR AC team is supported by their exclusive Sustainability Partner 11th Hour Racing in their quest to challenge the traditional methods of yacht manufacturing and to plan for the end-of-life of their race boats. To achieve this they are developing a model to assess the costs and benefits, both environmental and financial, of different construction materials at the various stages of their life cycle. The AC yachts are built from carbon fibre, and the LCA study is being carried out simultaneously with a project to recycle carbon fibre from its resin composite to a reusable material. It is envisaged that the resulting process will offer a cleaner, more efficient and less energy consuming way to recycle the composite materials than presently known methods.
Tomson commented, “We are delighted to be a part of the Sustainability in the Marine Industry conference where we will present our findings; we are continuing with our work during 2016 and will have more to present by the time November comes around”.
The conference organisers Quaynote Communications have confirmed the event will feature an online audience reaction application. This will enable any of the delegates to easily ask a question or give comments to the session moderators, either anonymously or with their name. The App can also be used to display questions approved by the moderator, and to allow votes from the audience on the most popular questions.
Alison Singhal, Director of London based Quaynote said, “I can see from the excellent line up of speakers we have, including Susie Tomson, that there will be some lively Q&A sessions, and we of course want to encourage that by making interaction as convenient as possible.”
Individual online delegate bookings are still available at the Early Bird rate of 275 Euros per person, and will rise to 350 Euros when the promotional period ends.
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