EMSA EBI meetingEuropean Boating Industry (EBI) met with Maja Markovčić Kostelac, Executive Director of the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) and key leadership staff to discuss the agency’s new strategy, its new work on recreational boating and common priorities around environmental sustainability and maritime safety.

The discussions centred on the new strategy of the agency covering the period 2020-2024 that will focus on recreational boating for the first time. EBI and EMSA will be working together on topics related to maritime safety and environmental sustainability to develop concrete outcomes.

Both organisations share an understanding of the importance of maritime safety and environmental sustainability. This is at the heart of the boating industry and is a key area of EBI’s activities in the coming years. EBI will be engaging with EMSA to develop a positive approach to the issues and represent the European recreational boating industry. The meeting took place at the Lisbon headquarters of EMSA with the EBI delegation consisting of Philip Easthill, Secretary-General of EBI and Stefano Pagani Isnardi, Research Department Manager, Confindustria Nautica (Member of EBI).

EMSA provides technical expertise and operational assistance to improve maritime safety, pollution preparedness and response and maritime security. It is an official EU agency and its mission is to serve EU’s maritime interests for a safe, secure, green and competitive maritime sector. EMSA works on maritime safety, security, climate, environment and single market issues.

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EBI SDGsEuropean Boating Industry (EBI) partners with the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, 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”, EBI President Jean-Pierre Goudant declared.

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. 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”, commented Philip Easthill, Secretary General of EBI.

The upcoming EBI International Breakfast Meeting organised at the boot Düsseldorf boat show 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).

More about the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development here and the International Breakfast Meeting here.

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IBM 2020Speakers have been announced for the 2020 edition of the International Breakfast Meeting (IBM) featuring the topic of sustainable boating. They include the European Commission, as well as innovators and entrepreneurs from the fields of hydrogen, digitalisation, electric and hybrid. IBM is organised by boot Düsseldorf, the world’s largest boat show and EBI, the voice of Europe’s recreational boating industry.

Growing to over 150 participants in 2019, the conference will provide high-level discussions and thought leadership on the issue of decarbonisation. IBM 2020 takes take place on Tuesday, 21 January 2020 from 8:30 until 10:30 in the Congress Center East at boot Düsseldorf.

The following speakers have been confirmed

  • Petros Michelidakis (Director, boot Düsseldorf)
  • Robert Marx (President, boot Düsseldorf & President BVWW)
  • Jean-Pierre Goudant (President, European Boating Industry)
  • Dr. Artur Runge-Metzger (Director, European Commission Directorate-General for Climate Action)
  • Representative of the Energy Observer team
  • Vladimir Zinchenko (CEO, Greenline Yachts)
  • Marteen Bernhart (Founder, La Bella Verde)
  • Simon Bühl (Founder & CEO, BrandUp Factory)
  • Philip Easthill (Secretary General, European Boating Industry)

To register free-of-charge, please click here (and to register in German here). For more information about the IBM, please click here.

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IBM 2020Speakers have been announced for the 2020 edition of the International Breakfast Meeting (IBM) featuring the topic of sustainable boating. They include the European Commission, as well as innovators and entrepreneurs from the fields of hydrogen, digitalisation, electric and hybrid. IBM is organised by boot Düsseldorf, the world’s largest boat show and EBI, the voice of Europe’s recreational boating industry.

Growing to over 150 participants in 2019, the conference will provide high-level discussions and thought leadership on the issue of decarbonisation. IBM 2020 takes take place on Tuesday, 21 January 2020 from 8:30 until 10:30 in the Congress Center East at boot Düsseldorf.

The following speakers have been confirmed

  • Petros Michelidakis (Director, boot Düsseldorf)
  • Robert Marx (President, boot Düsseldorf & President BVWW)
  • Jean-Pierre Goudant (President, European Boating Industry)
  • Dr. Artur Runge-Metzger (Director, European Commission Directorate-General for Climate Action)
  • Representative of the Energy Observer team
  • Vladimir Zinchenko (CEO, Greenline Yachts)
  • Marteen Bernhart (Founder, La Bella Verde)
  • Simon Bühl (Founder & CEO, BrandUp Factory)
  • Philip Easthill (Secretary General, European Boating Industry)

To register free-of-charge, please click here (and to register in German here). For more information about the IBM, please click here.