Building a project from the ground up, that's what gives us energy
Sustainability takes a central place in everything we do. This applies to the construction of the campus and most certainly to when it is in operation. We will go to great lengths to set the new standard when it comes to sustainability in shipbuilding. That requires a different way of thinking and, above all, a different way of doing things. It is our conviction that sustainability is not just about making plans, but above all about executing these plans.
The buildings will produce energy
The buildings on campus will all be at least zero energy. Our aim is for all buildings to generate energy. We want to achieve this by completely filling all the roofs with solar panels and by insulating all the buildings down to the last detail. The energy will be stored in batteries and can be used to provide shore power for ships moored at sea. In addition, we will do everything we can to keep CO2 emissions to an absolute minimum. For example, we are going to produce the required concrete on site; that saves on transport and therefore energy and CO2 emissions. We are investigating whether the residual heat from nearby industry can be used via a heat network. Rainwater will be stored on the site itself and used for such purposes as flushing toilets, sprinkling and rinsing water.
And that's just the beginning. The campus idea in shipbuilding.
To make shipbuilding more sustainable, a turnaround is needed in thinking and doing. We are going to initiate this change by linking knowledge and craftsmanship. Literally, because on the campus, employees who stand for craftsmanship and employees who are specialists in the field of innovation will work together intensively. This will take place in the various buildings, with each building representing a particular phase in the development and construction of superyachts. By investing in research and development, we give this cross-pollination between existing knowledge and the urge to innovate plenty of room. The innovative concepts and techniques that emerge are also given full scope. One example is the application of new developments to provide ships with emission-free, electric propulsion at sea.
Own label. Not just talk about it, do it.
We are going to incorporate the new concepts and techniques into our own-label yachts. That way we gain useful experience and can improve and perfect it even further. But that's not all. We are not limiting our drive for sustainability to our own label alone. We will also facilitate and possibly finance sustainable developments and innovations from third parties. So that as much knowledge and innovative power as possible in the field of developing and manufacturing superyachts is bundled on our campus. An approach that cuts both ways. Because in this way we build on the rich shipbuilding tradition, we train future generations of builders and developers and we pave the way for sustainable shipbuilding.
Each refit a smaller footprint.
With each refit on our campus, a yacht will benefit from the knowledge and know-how from shipbuilding and will depart with lower CO2 emissions. During the refit of the yachts, the technology of propulsion lines on battery power can be applied, among other things.