Following an enthusiastic reception at the COP 21 Climate Change meeting in Paris, World Future Energy Summit during Abu Dhabi’s Sustainability week in January, and the 2016 TED Conference in Vancouver, Peace Boat’s Ecoship was introduced to cruise industry insiders for the first time, with an exhibition and press briefing at the Seatrade Cruise Global Conference 2016 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, followed by a second year present at the conference in March, 2017.
Peace Boat’s Ecoship is a transformational program to create the world’s most sustainable cruise ship. Planned to sail in 2020, this whole-system, future-ready 55,000 ton cruise ship has been developed by a world-class team of over 30 engineers, scientists and thinkers from the fields of ship-building and cutting- edge eco-technology (including renewable energy, architecture, biophilia and waste management), including Dr. Amory Lovins, Founder and Chief Scientist at Rocky Mountain Institute. With architectural naval design by Spanish company Oliver Design, the Ecoship Project is the brainchild of Peace Boat, which has grown from its foundation in 1983 to be Japan’s largest cruising organization, running three around the world cruises out of Japan per year with over 300,000 passenger days annually and having organized over 93 voyages, including 60 global voyages.
With a stunning hull form inspired by the whale, the vessel’s renewable energy features include 10 retractable solar-panelled sails and retractable wind generators. It will be equipped with a future-ready hybrid engine. Together with its significant cuts of CO2 emissions and impressive energy efficiency, Peace Boat’s Ecoship will be a flagship for green technology in passenger shipping, supporting efforts by the industry to increase the sustainability of its practices.
“Peace Boat’s Ecoship project is a pathbreaking attempt in sustainability in the shipping industry...[it] displays a perfect combination of improved energy efficiency and renewable sources of energy.” Said Professor Tomas Kaberger, former Director of the National Swedish Energy Agency, and a Key Advisor on the project.
Peace Boat Founder and Director, Yoshioka Tatsuya, explained that he had been inspired by the positive reactions received in Paris, Abu Dhabi and Vancouver, including from Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework on Climate Change, and Sultan Al Jaber, Chairman of Masdar.
“The time is right for this ship: post-Paris, there is an incredible momentum for sustainable change. We’ve sailed for over 30 years on our around the world cruises. We know that our passengers want to do more to make a positive impact on the planet. The global shipping industry is currently one of the major contributors to greenhouse gas emissions, but we believe our Ecoship will capture the public’s imagination on what is possible at sea. Working together, the cruise industry has tremendous power to advance climate solutions," said Yoshioka Tatsuya, Founder and Director of Peace Boat.
Ecoship’s sustainability credentials will also be embodied through its activities. It will sail for Peace Boat’s around the world educational voyages carrying 6000 people per year; host exhibitions of future energy and green technology in up to 100 worldwide ports annually; and serve as a floating sustainability laboratory able to contribute to research on the ocean, climate and green marine tech. This awareness-building imperative is paramount for Peace Boat, which has Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations, serves as an official messenger for projects including the UNISDR Resilient Cities Campaign and was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2008.
"Peace Boat’s Ecoship is an exciting vision of a ship that fits the needs and inspires the people of the planet it travels.” Said Dr. Amory Lovins, Founder and Chief Scientist of Rocky Mountain Institute.
As work continues to bring Peace Boat’s Ecoship vision to reality, Yoshioka announced an innovative crowd-sourced funding scheme, leveraging the power of the currency markets. Peace Boat will also jointly develop strategies and marketing campaigns to promote the Ecoship and Peace Boat agenda globally, while exploring other areas where the organizations’ respective expertise will deliver value.
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