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Water Revolution Foundation launches Sustainable Yacht Design Taskforce

29 September 2021 • Written by Holly Overton

Water Revolution Foundation has announced the creation of a Sustainable Yacht Design Taskforce that will see the biggest names in yachting join forces in an effort to accelerate sustainability in yacht design.

The initiative, which was launched at the 2021 Monaco Yacht Show, provides a platform for designers and naval architects to come together in a collaborative movement that will "drive sustainable luxury and leisure for owners through sharing knowledge, collaboration and innovation."

The taskforce was the result of four virtual roundtables, organised by Water Revolution Foundation, with naval architects and design studios who discussed the current challenges with sustainability and agreed the way forward was for more structured collaboration.

Winch Design and Vitruvius Yachts are heralded as the driving forces behind the collaboration. 

“I believe in the power of creativity to change the world. This is the strength of the architect and designer together. The new taskforce empowers us with the challenge of demonstrating directions towards sustainability,” said Philippe Briand of Vitruvius Yachts and founding board member of Water Revolution Foundation.

Members of the taskforce currently include Bannenberg & Rowell, Boutsen Design, De Voogt Studio, Dykstra Naval Architects, Espen Oeino International, German Yacht Couture Studio, Guido de Groot Design, Harrison Eidsgaard, Luxury Projects, Michela Reverberi, Merveille Yachts, RWD, Studio Delta, Van Oossanen Naval Architects, Vitruvius Yachts and Winch Design.

Taskforce chair Aino Grapin, CEO of Winch Design adds: “It is a much needed message of hope that the international yacht design community comes together to work on sustainable solutions. It has been an honour and pleasure for me to chair this initiative and to now shift from reflection to real action. It makes me very optimistic that we will see ever more sustainable yachts grace our beautiful oceans.”

Taskforce membership is open to naval architects, interior and exterior yacht designers, who are supporting Water Revolution Foundation in its overall mission.

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