What about tomorrow ?

    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

    What about tomorrow ?

    Committed and involved on a day-to-day basis, PONANT wants to lead the way and show how responsible and sustainable tourism can be achieved within the cruise industry. The Fondation PONANT - dedicated to the protection of the oceans, the polar regions and engagement with local people - is in the course of creation. It will support around ten initiatives each year. A board of directors will be appointed made up of leading figures in this area.

    Virtuous vessels

    Installing rigid sail propulsion on Le Ponant, our iconic ship for the last 30 years
    Fitting our entire fleet with the Whales Anti Collision System (WACS), a system for preventing collisions between ships and whales
    Fitting every ship with ROVs (Remotely Operated Vehicles), small underwater drones, to inspect hulls and ensure that they are clean.
    Carrying out an impact study following a test on silicone paint called “dolphin skin” used on L’Austral. This method helps minimise our ships’ consumption and can be extended to our entire fleet. Other tests will be carried out to optimise water resistance.

    Reducing our impact

    Introducing solutions designed to save water while doing laundry
    Using waterskins and fountains to reduce waste
    Special monitoring to ensure that our waste can be traced after it has been unloaded
    Installing a waste processing plant aboard the icebreaker
    To reduce emissions of particles and gases during ports of call in Ushuaia, at the gates of Antarctica, PONANT is committed to a power supply programme in one or two berths in the port of Ushuaia. This terrestrial connection equipment makes it possible to connect ships to electrical outlets in the port and therefore turn off their generators during ports of call, which reduces the ship's CO2 emissions to 0%.

    Protecting fauna and flora

    Implementing the “PONANT Observatories” project.
    The PONANT icebreaker will house a laboratory that will welcome scientists. It will allow them to conduct their work on site. The end goal is to transform the entire fleet into “observatories”. The company’s 11 cruise ships and its future units will soon support the French oceanographic fleet in charge of observing marine biodiversity and ecosystems in the world (taking scientists on board and dropping them off, loading and unloading equipment, etc.).
    The PONANT Forest.
    More than a mere carbon offset, we work with various local associations to replant deforested areas and maintain particularly sensitive forests. PONANT’s guests will be able to visit some of these forests during ports of call.
    Strengthening our partnerships with scientific organisations such as the French Research Institute for the Exploitation of the Sea (IFREMER), the French Navy’s Hydrographical and Oceanographic Service (SHOM), the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), the Paul-Émile Victor French Polar Institute, and the French national meteorological service (Météo-France).

    Focusing on the human aspect

    Creating an Ambassador Charter to involve our guests in our environmental approach.
    Inviting our passengers to get more involved in the ecological actions we take (e.g. cleaning up beaches, etc.).
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