European Boating Industry strengthens its action for environmental and economic sustainability

European Boating Industry (EBI) has partnered with the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development initiative, thus strengthening its action for environmental and economic sustainability and its commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

As a partner to the high-level initiative, the EBI leads the environmental engagement of the European recreational boating industry.

The United Nations has proclaimed 2021-2030 as the Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development to draw attention to the role of ocean health and bring together stakeholders for sustainable development.

“EBI is a strong supporter of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and we are delighted to now be a partner of the Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development. Engagement with the various branches of ocean science is key to develop policy at European level that is geared towards sustainability,” says EBI president Jean-Pierre Goudant.

The EBI Council committed to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), among which “Decent Work and Economic Growth”, “Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure” and “Life Below Water” are key areas for the recreational boating industry.

“Our industry promotes clean and healthy oceans and we are engaged to achieve economic and environmental sustainability,” says EBI secretary general Philip Easthill. “It is a transition that requires strong support by policy-makers at European, regional and national level. We look forward to working together for these goals within the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development.”

The upcoming EBI International Breakfast Meeting at boot Düsseldorf on 21 January 2020 will bring together the European Commission and the most important industry actors to discuss sustainable boating and decarbonisation.

EBI was also involved in the recently-completed Pharos4MPAs project together with NGOs such as the World Wildlife Fund, and research institutes to develop recommendations for marine conservation in Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).