Susie Tomson, a prominent member of the Land Rover BAR America’s Cup team, has joined the list of speakers at this year’s Sustainability in the Marine Industry conference. The event takes place in Amsterdam on Monday, November 14 – the day before the 2016 METSTRADE show opens its doors to the public.

Jointly organised by Quaynote Communications and YachtMedia, hosted by METSTRADE and technically supported by the International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA), the conference follows on from last year’s sell-out Future of Yacht Recycling conference.

Currently sustainability manager at Land Rover BAR, 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 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’s Land Rover BAR AC team is currently investing in making all of their operations, including the recycling of their racing yachts, as environmentally sustainable as possible. The AC yachts are built from carbon fibre, and a lifecycle assessment study is simultaneously being carried out 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.

“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,” says Tomson.

Individual online delegate bookings are still available at the early bird rate of €275 per person, and will rise to €350 when the promotional period ends.