Lurssen Yachts Cements Leadership in Sustainability

By Jenna Mehdi

On the topic of superyacht sustainability, it is important that the world’s largest shipyards champion the approach of leading from the front. This is exactly the stance pioneered by Lurssen Yachts, producer of more Top 100 superyachts than any other shipbuilder in the world, who has just announced its partnership with the ‘50 Sustainability Climate Leaders’ project.

The project has arisen as a means of the International Business Community to take effective action in the global fight against climate change. In cooperation with global news outlet Bloomberg, Lurssen is featured in a new documentary series discussing the actions of 50 Climate Leaders taken in accordance with the United Nations climate goals. Bloomberg has brought together a number of lead experts from various sectors for the series, to demonstrate the holistic action taken by global industry against climate change. 

Those unfamiliar with recent movements in the yachting industry would not be faulted for believing that shipyards and sustainability are inherently contradictory. Lurssen is one of a few key global figures fighting against this conception. 

In the aim of promoting more sustainable products and processes, Lurssen is using its prowess in new technologies to innovate greener. The latest partnership is just one in a series of movements taken by the German shipyard including enormous investment in research and development around the world. And the scope for sustainability is infinite; while propulsion is at the forefront, everything from efficient lighting concepts to heat-insulated glass fronts is being developed in the quest to make yachting greener.  

‘A current project is the research of finding new ways to make better use of the power plant installed in a yacht,’ says Managing Director Peter Lurssen. ‘We are researching fuel cell technologies and by the end of the decade we should have emission free yachts sailing the oceans. The day-to-day challenge for us as shipbuilders is above all to integrate highly dependable, new technologies into a confined space, to enable trips to the most distant areas of the world and at the same time to meet the high demands of our customers for the quality, design and efficiency of our yachts.’

Lurssen is also a key supporter of the Blue Marine Foundation, an organisation dedicated to ocean conservation by means of pronouncing marine protected areas and preserving their biodiversity. 

Lurssen’s partnership is the latest in a series of movements made by the superyacht industry leaders to make superyacht build and operation more sustainable. Superyachts.com will be bringing these to light in our upcoming Top 100 documentary, in which we hear from the likes of Burgess, Lurssen, Oceanco, Feadship, Nobiskrug, Benetti and a whole host of other key figures on the topic of sustainability. Scheduled for release in 2021, The Top 100 Documentary will shine a holistic light on the efforts of our industry in order to raise awareness, eradicate misconceptions and push for group change.

"We are researching fuel cell technologies and by the end of the decade we should have emission free yachts sailing the oceans."

Peter Lurssen, Managing Director Lurssen Yachts

"We are researching fuel cell technologies and by the end of the decade we should have emission free yachts sailing the oceans."

Peter Lurssen, Managing Director Lurssen Yachts
By Jenna Mehdi
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