Both the Antigua Charter Yacht Meeting and the MYBA St. Maarten Charter Show are offsetting greenhouse gas emissions from the events, through Yacht Carbon Offset. Their decisions reflect the growing number of yacht owners and charterers that want to compensate for their vessels' carbon footprint.
Carbon Offsetting can easily be included in the arrangements of a luxury yacht charter, and is a proportionate response that preserves full freedom of operation. The equivalent carbon emissions reductions are achieved by independently verified green energy projects, and the effectiveness of the action is underpinned by Yacht Carbon Offset's Lloyds Register Quality Assurance Certification.
Paul Deeth, of the Antigua Charter Yacht Meeting said: "With the Antigua Charter Show coincident with the UN's Copenhagen Summit, the issue of greenhouse gases is set to remain at the top of the agenda. So the opportunity to take pragmatic action is both timely and relevant. Our gathering has traditionally been a place to share new ideas and we are pleased to be working with Yacht Carbon Offset, to help bring carbon offsetting to the attention of yacht owners, charterers and those that support them."
Lucille Frye, Show Manager of the MYBA St. Maarten Charter Show said: "The St Maarten Show brings together Captains, Brokers, Vendors, Media and other industry professionals from around the world, and is a great opportunity to consider carbon offsetting within the industry. We warmly welcome Yacht Carbon Offset as sponsors."
Yacht Carbon Offset's Managing Director Mark Robinson commented: "We are delighted to be partnering with both of these key events in the professional calendar. Carbon offsetting appeals to many high profile charter clients and we thank the teams in St. Maarten and Antigua for their action and for their support in raising awareness of this specialist service."
Attending yachts are also invited to Offset their estimated fuel used for the shows, which run from 4-7 December in St. Maarten and from 7-11 December in Antigua. Look out for individual certificates on board participating yachts!