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Peace Boat visits Gothenburg again

Peace Boat visits Sweden and introduces its Ecoship Project in Gothenburg. Peace Boat will visit the port of Gothenburg on Saturday, May 28, as part of its 91st Global Voyage for Peace.

Part of the visit will be guided sustatinability tours at Ekocentrum!

Peace-boatIn Sweden, the Japan-based NGO will share their inspirational project of creating the world’s first environmentally sustainable cruise ship, the Ecoship. It will be in a joint seminar and press conference with the Swedish Network for Sustainable Tourism “Schyst resande”.

Schyst resande is a network of seven organizations – Unionen, Fair Action, the Swedish Hotel and Restaurant Workers Union, the Church of Sweden, Church of Sweden Youth, IOGT-NTO and Union to Union. The network highlights various aspects of tourism and provides a holistic approach to sustainable tourism. The organizations in the network are all involved in Human Rights issues related to tourism and travelling from different perspectives.

The goal of this event is to raise awareness of the environmental impact of the cruise industry and present a viable alternative.  It will be held as part of Green Week ”Investing for a greener future” organized by the European Commission.

Peace Boat Ecoship: how to build the planet’s most sustainable cruise ship

Date: Saturday 28 May, 2016

Time: 14.30-16.00

Venue: Skeppshallen, Ostindiefararen, Eriksberg Pir Fyra 2 (can be reached by public bus or ferry)

Speakers*:

-Yoshioka Tatsuya, Co-Founder and Director of Peace Boat

-Tomas Kåberger, Professor of Industrial Energy Policy, Chalmers University of Technology, Chair of the Executive Board of the Japan Renewable Energy Foundation

– Mayumi Narongin, Schyst resande

– Andrés Molina, Project Manager Ecoship Project

– Karen Hallows, Peace Boat International Coordinator

Moderator:

-Lena Lindahl, Schyst resande

*subject to change

About Peace Boat

Peace Boat is a Japan-based international non-governmental organization that works to promote peace, human rights, equal and sustainable development and respect for the environment.

About the Ecoship Project

Peace Boat’s Ecoship Project is a transformational program to create the world’s most sustainable cruise ship. Planned to sail in 2020, this whole-system, future-ready 55,000 ton cruise ship has been developed by a world-class team of over 30 engineers, scientists and thinkers from the fields of ship-building and cutting-edge eco-technology (including renewable energy, architecture, biophilia and waste management), including Dr. Amory Lovins, Founder and Chief Scientist at Rocky Mountain Institute. With architectural naval design by Spanish company Oliver Design, the Ecoship Project is the brainchild of Peace Boat, which has grown from its foundation in 1983 to be Japan’s largest cruising organization, running three around the world cruises out of Japan per year with over 300,000 passenger days annually and having organised over 90 voyages, including 60 global voyages.

With a stunning hull form inspired by the whale, the vessel’s renewable energy features include 10 retractable solar-panelled sails and retractable wind generators. It will be equipped with a future-ready hybrid engine. Together with its significant cuts of CO2 emissions and impressive energy efficiency, Peace Boat’s Ecoship will be a flagship for green technology in passenger shipping, supporting efforts by the industry to increase the sustainability of its practices.

Ecoship’s sustainability credentials will also be embodied through its activities. It will sail for Peace Boat’s around the world educational voyages carrying 6000 people per year; host exhibitions of future energy and green technology in up to 100 worldwide ports annually; and serve as a floating sustainability laboratory able to contribute to research on the ocean, climate and green marine tech. This awareness-building imperative is paramount for Peace Boat, which has Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations, serves as an official messenger for projects including the UNISDR Resilient Cities Campaign and was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2008.

160526_PeaceBoat_Gothenburg Ecoship Press Release

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