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BF seem to be taking their environmental and carbon footprint more seriously - with the appointment of an eco-responsibility manager and the use of LNG in new vessels.  Does anyone on here consider their carbon footprint when travelling?  I've looked at some online calculators which give me an idea of how much carbon our trip to Spain and back emits and how I can offset that.  There's nothing on ferries, so I've emailed BF to get a figure for the Cap's voyage to Spain and they are going to look into it, but they admit it's not a simple matter.  We shall wait and see.

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PRESS RELEASE FROM JULY 17th 2019

Brittany Ferries has hired its first eco-responsibility manager, in a move to centralise the company’s efforts to reduce its environmental footprint. The appointment of Claire Artagnan reinforces a long-standing commitment to sustainable development across all aspects of ferry operations, from building new ships to reducing single use plastics on board.

Claire joined Brittany Ferries in March 2019. She spent six years working on the development of offshore wind farms and on smart building projects prior to joining.

“From the outset, Brittany Ferries has had a profound respect for the environment,” said Christophe Mathieu, CEO Brittany Ferries. “We were founded by the farming community in Brittany and protecting and nurturing the environments in which we operate is part of our DNA.  However, Claire’s key role will be to ensure positive action is coordinated across all parts of business, from the delivery of new ships to tenders for every new contract. It’s a key role and we warmly welcome her to the Brittany Ferries family.”

Progress today

The company has already taken concrete action reduce the environmental impact of its operations today, particularly in terms of single use plastics. Many changes have been driven, for example the replacement of  plastic cups in cabins with a cardboard cups, the replacement of  plastic straws and stirrers on board, and the installation of battery recycling points on ships and in French terminals.

Brittany Ferries’ buyers are also in the process of sourcing bamboo cutlery to replace the limited remaining plastic cutlery used on board,.  Eco-friendly shampoo/soap distributors have been installed in ensuite showers, while studies are taking place to replace soap packaging on the sinks (lavabos) with biodegradable alternatives

Looking forward

In terms of progress, Brittany Ferries has already announced significant steps towards cutting emissions from ships, through the transition to LNG (liquefied natural gas). Three new LNG ships will be delivered within the next four years, in an investment worth more than half a billion Euro. This will deliver an estimated CO2 reduction per passenger on long haul routes by 46%. Better air quality in ports will also follow, with a dramatic reduction in sulphur, nitrogen dioxide and particulate emissions.

 Circular economy

The company has a strong track record on what is known as the circular economy. Eighty percent of food served on board originates in France, reducing food miles, the majority coming from Brittany. Dishes served in restaurants, for example, include vegetables supplied by Prince de Bretagne, a farming collective run by the shareholders (and farmers) of Brittany Ferries, including the company chairman Jean-Marc Roué.

Protection of marine mammals

Scientists from ORCA, a charity dedicated to monitoring and protecting marine wildlife, regularly observe marine animals’ behaviour from on board vessels. They organise public awareness campaigns during the summer and are engaged in ground-breaking research projects. This year scientists will start a ship strike study, based on observations from Brittany Ferries ships, documenting whale behaviour as a ship is approaching. The aim is to learn by observation, then make recommendations that could apply to global shipping operators anywhere in the world.

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@ Neilcvx - I'm not too hopeful.

@TonyMWeaver Thanks.  The LNG should make a big difference, but it would be interesting to see how carbon emissions of a ferry compare with other mass transit options such as flying, driving and trains.  The other stuff is very welcome, but I seem to remember when I was a lad we didn't have much throw-away stuff.  Butter came in a huge barrel and portions were cut off, put in grease proof paper for each customer; veg was loose and maybe put in a paper bag or straight into the shopping bag; no plastic bottles to throw out the car window....and so on.  No "best-before-dates", after which food became as lethal as plutonium.  A lot of it is catching-up with what we used to do.

I don't think we appreciate just how serious global warming is going to be and the chaos and conflict it will likely produce.  And with a complete idiot running the world's "most important" country who thinks it's all a hoax and wants to burn more coal.....

We do what little we can, we have an eco house, an electric car (and I know they have problems of their own but we can charge it using renewable energy), we don't fly, we grow a lot of vegetables, we don't eat a lot of meat - and only if it's not intensively reared - and so on.

So I thought we should look at our carbon emissions for our winter trip and think about off-setting (which I admit is a bit of a feel-good con but every little helps - and some of the projects are problematical).  The online calculator for CO2 emissions for 3000 miles to Spain and back (not including the ferry, or @Gareth swimming home) was really quite small.  I think what we'll do is just make a reasonable donation to something like Trees for Life which is planting trees in the Highlands, an area which has been denuded of tree cover over the centuries, as has much of the  UK.  And trees are a great, if long-term, carbon sink, as well as providing many other environmental benefits.

More info here: https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2019/aug/02/offsetting-carbon-emissions-how-to-travel-options

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I see BF are blowing their own plastic trumpet again but as far as I’m aware still only sell plastic water bottles on board and don’t have facilities to refill water bottles and don’t allow reusable coffee cups to be filled , but I suppose it’s a small win .

https://www.cruiseandferry.net/articles/brittany-ferries-eliminates-57-million-plastic-items-1

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I think there are water fountains on some of the ships. I'm sure I've seen one on Pont Aven near the self-service restaurant. Perhaps someone can confirm that.  Ed. 

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10 minutes ago, Cabin-boy said:

I think there are water fountains on some of the ships. I'm sure I've seen one on Pont Aven near the self-service restaurant. Perhaps someone can confirm that.  Ed. 

Can’t remember seeing one on all my trips on her but you may be right , certainly can’t recall  seeing anything that would be suitable to use to refill a water bottle.

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Every bit helps but when you see the increase of coal burning power stations in china,USA,India ,Russia etc what we do is a very very tiny drop in the ocean.a few countries are reducing there carbon footprint but the biggest culprits are increasing there carbon footprint. Far out stripping the rest who trying to reduce there carbon footprint.until these countries change there direction I fear it is going to get worse instead of better.i will stop now because I could go on and on about this subject.sorry I went off topic

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It's finally a great step forward, one use plastics should be fully banned.

On another hand, LNG for CO2 emissions remains only slightly lower than using regular diesel or HFO. The global impact from the extraction well to propeller needs to be taken into account as LNG is made up of mainly methane than posses a global warming power 23 times more important than that of CO2. 

The main advantage however of LNG is clean burning, and it releases little toxic particulates (SOx, NOx, particules...) that are extremely harmful for the environment and especially to humans and wildlife. However ratio of LNG investments to the ecological advantages in the shipping industry is a very interesting subject and raises important questions as other solutions exist today, whilst investments could be redirected to other futuristic technologies such as electric propulsion. 

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It's true also that other countries use coal as their main source of energy, In the case of China and India the fact that they have required very important demands of energy in the last twenty years has kept them from investing in greener solutions. However China is now a leader in the renewable energy sector and has pledged to reduce its pollution impact by closing down future coal power stations projects and replacing them. Its just that the demand is so important that the transition will take time. 

It's also important for Europe to lead the way in reducing our impact even if the scale is much smaller. Please remember that developed countries remain the heaviest polluters worldwide as we are the main consumers. Most of of goods come from China and do require energy to be produced, the outsourcing of pollution is also an interesting matter and should be taken into account. 

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1 hour ago, Cabin-boy said:

I think there are water fountains on some of the ships. I'm sure I've seen one on Pont Aven near the self-service restaurant. Perhaps someone can confirm that.  Ed. 

Yes I have seen it too.

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It's on the left as you enter the seating area, I believe, just after the exit from the payment desks and I think there are a couple of microwaves alongside it too. Ed. 

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51 minutes ago, neilcvx said:

 imagine if all those screaming French school kids were trying to use it,!!!!

How many of them do you reckon you could get in it at once???

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I think it's a small sink. As an early riser before anything is open, I use it to fill a mug with water, boil this in the Microwave and then add a tea bag milk is saved from the previous days evening meal. I then wander down to the piano bar to drink it. As I walk down a number of other early riser see the mug get up and retrace my steps thinking somewhere is open

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On this thread there are two separate things being discussed, the Carbon footprint which is obvious and the use of Plastic.  The problem with Plastic is the harm it does after use to wildlife, a lot of people think cutting out Plastic saves the Planet, when it is causing a separate problem, killing wildlife.  Obviously the production of plastic causes pollution but so does the production of everything, especially the Batteries for Electric cars which are supposed to be saving the Planet.

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1 hour ago, Solo said:

On this thread there are two separate things being discussed, the Carbon footprint which is obvious and the use of Plastic.  The problem with Plastic is the harm it does after use to wildlife, a lot of people think cutting out Plastic saves the Planet, when it is causing a separate problem, killing wildlife.  Obviously the production of plastic causes pollution but so does the production of everything, especially the Batteries for Electric cars which are supposed to be saving the Planet.

Indeed you could go down an ever increasing black hole discussing both.

Personally I would have thought the new ships would have a lot more “eco” features like solar panels, rotor sails, shore side in but having said that no doubt the new ships are a lot more eco friendly than the older ships.

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6 hours ago, neilcvx said:

@IanN I get a club cabin 😉

Must be my Scottish blood. I find outside 4 berths pricey enough on the Spanish crossings also it does not wake the dear beloved

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On 04/12/2019 at 12:03, neilcvx said:

Indeed you could go down an ever increasing black hole discussing both.

Personally I would have thought the new ships would have a lot more “eco” features like solar panels, rotor sails, shore side in but having said that no doubt the new ships are a lot more eco friendly than the older ships.

How about this for a good idea?

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-50672553

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