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METS sustainability conference adds speakers

The METS Trade Show added speakers to its “Sustainability in the Marine Industry” conference.

The METS Trade Show added speakers to its “Sustainability in the Marine Industry” conference, which will explore recycling, the life cycle assessment of boats and how the designer, boatbuilder and manufacturing supply chain can profitably adopt what it calls the “circular economy.”

The conference will be held at RAI Amsterdam on Nov. 14, the day before the METS Trade Show opens.

"Developed by the same team that brought us last year’s ground-breaking conference, The Future of Yacht Recycling, SIMI16 pushes the concept one step further by looking at the problems associated with recycling and how life cycle assessment is relevant in minimizing issues surrounding end-of-life-boats,” Udo Kleinitz, secretary general of ICOMIA and SIMI16 chairman, said in a statement.

Paolo Bertetti, operations director at Sanlorenzo, will share his company’s views and plans for “cradle-to-grave” construction and use of yachts.

Jaap van der Woude, Sustainability Committee chairman of the European Composites Industry Association, will give an overview on progress in the recycling of composites and the methodology of life cycle assessment.

Finnboat CEO Jouko Huju and Boatshed.com CEO Neil Chapman will give their views on user demographics, providing data and insights into the changes in ownership habits and use of leisure yachts and how this plays into the sustainability discussion for the future of the boating industry.

Previously announced speaker Susie Tomson, sustainability manager for the Land Rover/BAR America’s Cup race team, will share her findings on life cycle assessments and composite recycling at the team’s U.K. Portsmouth base.

The Blue Marine Foundation will present details of its ocean conservation/marine reserve projects around the world.

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