METSTRADE 2019, Sustainability Panel Discussion

21 November 2019
  • 12:00 - 14:00
  • I-nnovationLab stage in Hall 6 at the RAI

Below is a short introduction to this year's topic:

Committing redundant GRP hulls to landfill is not an environmentally acceptable option, as they will still be there in hundreds of years’ time. The challenge for our industry now, is to create a new sub-sector which can responsibly dispose of them, in much the same way as the automotive industry have done for end-of-life cars. Thanks to the persistent efforts of individuals and organisations in several countries, assisted by funding from within the boating industry, we are seeing positive developments which are well worth reporting on at METSTRADE 2019.

We also intend to encourage interaction and collaborative projects which can continue the progress, and increase the volumes of redundant boats that can be responsibly disposed of with due care for the environment. Another important aspect of the discussion is to continuously explore how the boats of the future can be constructed in a way that will make them easier to disassemble, with materials that can be reused or recycled at end-of-life much easier than GRP composites have proven to be over the last 50 years

See the full program here: I-nnovationLab