Sustainable development

    Sustainable development

    For more than 30 years, PONANT has been taking its guests to the most secret locations on the planet, where nature rules in all her splendour. This choice creates responsibilities towards the ecosystems of which these places are made up and the local communities that live there.
    PONANT recognises its corporate social responsibility (CSR) and strives to become a global benchmark with regard to sustainable development in its cruise activities.

    We protect better what we know

    Jean-Emmanuel SAUVÉE, CEO and Co-Founder of PONANT

    Protecting the environment

    State-of-the-art technologies aboard the ships, improved waste and waste water treatment, raising the awareness of travellers, future plans that are increasingly innovative in terms of sustainable development...
    Every day, PONANT is committed to protecting the environment.

    An increasingly cleaner fleet

    We go above and beyond environmental regulations in force (for example, the MARPOL convention for the prevention of pollution from ships and the Polar Code) by studying ways to help us minimise our impact on the places we visit and of our obligations both towards them and towards the people who live there. Thanks to our efforts, all PONANT ships have been awarded the international “Clean Ship” label, which certifies that we have reduced our environmental impact.

    A vigorous policy of drastic reduction in the use of fuel oil for ship operations

    MDO (marine diesel oil) is lighter and less polluting than HFO (heavy fuel oil)
    LNG (liquified natural gas) is currently the greenest fuel on the market (25% less carbon emissions, 85% less nitrogen oxide emissions and 95% less fine particle emissions)

    The technology at the heart of PONANT ship designs

    Sonar system for the detection of shoals to avoid contact with icebergs and reefs
    Refrigerant gas (R407C) used for air conditioning and refrigeration units. It has no impact on the ozone layer and a very low impact on the greenhouse gas effect
    Low energy and low heat emitting lighting system (LED and fibre optic based)
    Dynamic positioning system that helps (when needed) maintain a vessel’s position without having to drop anchor in sensitive marine environments such as coral reefs, thereby protecting the seabed
    The latest generators equipped with an integrated electronic control system to optimise their functioning
    Tin-free antifouling paint to protect marine ecosystems as much as possible
    Real-time energy-consumption calculation tools to reduce energy consumption

    Cruise icebreaker with LNG propulsion: the first in the world

    PONANT is designing a luxury cruise icebreaker. Completed in 2021, it will be fitted with the latest sustainable development technologies and will surpass the requirements of the IMO (International Maritime Organization) 2020 regulation.

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    Precise measurement
    of consumption
    and optimisation of
    ship sailing

    Latest generation
    electric batteries
    to reduce energy
    consumption

    Advanced
    Waste Water
    Treatment system

    Waste Heat
    Recovery
    System

    Energy
    Optimisation
    System

    Waste
    treatment system
    using
    HydroThermal Oxidation.

    The Icebreaker features perfected “Clean Ship” fittings that go beyond the current industry-standard environmental regulations:

    • Reduction of SO2, NOX, CO2 and particle emissions thanks to the use of LNG
    • Zero emissions when in electric hybrid mode

    LNG’s advantages for the Earth

    -25%

    reduction in

    carbon emissions

    -85%

    reduction in

    nitrogen oxide emissions

    -95%

    reduction in

    fine particle emissions

    Energy management

    • Energy optimisation system that precisely measures consumption and optimisation of ship sailing methods
    • Waste Heat Recovery System
    • Electric output optimised and consumption reduced through the use of latest generation electric batteries

    Water treatment

    • Advanced Waste Water Treatment system

    Improved waste and sewage treatment

    All types of “water” generated aboard our ships are treated to prevent the potential risk of polluting aquatic environments.

    Blackwater
    is filtered, treated, and reused. At the end of the process, solid waste is stored and unloaded on land, in accordance with standard regulatory procedures.
    Greywater
    (bath, shower, kitchen, laundry) is recycled and reused to wash external decks.
    Bilge water
    is treated using ceramic membrane filtration systems to obtain an extremely low content of hydrocarbons: less than 5ppm instead of 15ppm.
    Ballast water
    is subject to biodecontamination.
    Filtered and/or retreated bilge water and ballast water are stored on board, awaiting unloading on land.
    *During PONANT cruises, the water consumption by passenger is 5 times less than the average consumption of water per person on land.

    100% of waste is separated and sorted on board
    (solids – liquids – glass – cardboard – food – medicines)
    The most
    modern methods

    pulpers / crushers / compactors
    Recycling on board is 60% more effective than on land
    At the end of sorting 700g is the average volume of non-recyclable waste, generated by every guest during a cruise. By comparison, the same person would have produced 2.3 kg of waste on land.
    *During PONANT cruises, the waste production by passenger is 3 times less than the average waste production per person on land.

    On a cruise: everyone’s responsible!

    On expedition cruises, PONANT takes its passengers to some of the most remote and wild places on the planet. We are very conscious of our status as privileged guests at the sites we visit, and of our obligations both towards these places and the people who live there.

    Additionally, an environmental impact study is carried out before the conception of each new itinerary to ensure that the impact of every landing is only temporary and transitory. We make a biodiversity inventory (fauna, flora, geology) of the places where we plan to disembark. We also prepare access routes that do not impinge on the areas to be preserved. Consequently, we work together with several organisations, such as the TAAF (Terres Australes et Antarctiques Françaises, French Southern and Antarctic Lands), the Seychelles Foundation, the Aldabra Foundation and the Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity Conservation.

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