Earth day is a yearly opportunity to reflect on where we are, how we got here and where we need to go. Since we launched the 5-year sustainability plan in early 2021, we have implemented and completed a wide range of projects across the Group, with significant results already being seen. We also launched the first of our industry reports, The Future of the Oceans, bringing the sustainability conversation to the industry and beyond on what needs to be done to meet the challenges ahead.
One year on and we are confident we are on the right path but know there is much work in front of us.
As part of our commitment to integrate clean energy supply, we have been working on different projects to be able to provide any yacht with high voltage shore connection (HVSC) technology that connects yachts to an external electrical power source without the need to use fossil fuels on board.
100% of MB92 Barcelona consumption now comes from green sources, while the percentage in MB92 La Ciotat is 99%, enabling a total reduction in our carbon footprint equivalent to around 7.6 million kg of CO2 across the MB92 Group in 2021.
In October 2021, the installation of photovoltaic panels was also completed, whose energy production to date has contributed 61772 kWh directly to shipyard demands.
2021 recorded the best results at Group level in terms of reducing VOC emissions, in MB92 Barcelona gas scrubbing equipment is used that ensures compliance with the emission limit and has improved efficiency. In La Ciotat, technical solutions capable of reducing VOC emissions are still being assessed, either through application methods that allow greater transfer efficiency (percentage of surface coverage), such as spraying with electrostatic assistance, or through new effluent treatment technologies.
In terms of waste management and circular economy, as a Group we have begun to work in parallel on a series of changes and pilot tests to address recycling/reuse of single use plastic products and the segregation and recovery of waste generated by suppliers and crews.
In Barcelona, a project to bio-extract excess nutrients from the waters of the concession through bivalves is being developed in collaboration with a scientific team from the University of Barcelona, we hope to start in 2022. In La Ciotat, projects linked to the new 4300T shiplift include the Installation of an innovative biomimicry system providing 450m2 of habitat for local marine species and constitutes the largest artificial fish nursery in the world installed in a port.