“Setting sail for a low-carbon future”

Odyssea 2024, heading for carbon neutrality

An ambitious plan to achieve zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2030

To always stay one step ahead, the Fountaine Pajot Group has devised a global strategic plan to reduce its environmental impact and cut down the yachting industry’s carbon footprint.

From designing and constructing the first cruising catamaran to inventing innovative construction techniques, and from introducing multiple onboard energy management and production systems (Eco Cruising, Smart Cruising and then Smart Electric and Smart Hydro) to designing the first hydrogen-powered catamaran, the Fountaine Pajot Group has always worked to move with the times. Faced with the climate crisis, it was only natural that Fountaine Pajot should impement an action plan to reduce its environmental impact and achieve carbon neutrality by 2030.

More eco-friendly manufacturing in four key areas


Reducing and recycling waste:

Our 4 production sites generate 49% non-hazardous waste. With this in mind, the Fountaine Pajot Group has introduced several waste reduction and recovery initiatives:

  • 2 annual measurements of waste skips to identify new options.
  • Use of recyclable and reusable
  • Use of environmentally friendly products
  • Recovery of energy from ultim waste
  • Installation of wastewater pre-filtration and filtration plants

Controlling and changing energy consumption:

Determined to achieve zero CO2 emissions by 2030, Fountaine Pajot has rolled out an energy-saving plan aimed at reducing its dependence on energy. This strategy, which was developed following an audit carried out at the Group’s facilities, has helped identify the main sources of energy savings and to implement an efficient-energy mix suited to the Group’s activities.

  • Power consumption
  • Heat loss from premises
  • Water saving
  • Local energy production

Promoting low-carbon mobility:

Fountaine Pajot has reassessed the means of transport used by its employees, encouraging ‘gentle’ travel and modes of transport that are more economical in terms of CO2 emissions through the implementation of targeted actions:

  • Reworking business travel
  • Encouraging ‘gentle’ travel
  • Developing inter-site biofuel mobility
  • Opting for consolidated freight transport

Designing and building sustainable boats:

By altering the specifications and always looking to the future, the Group aims to design sustainable boats using recycled, recyclable and environmentally friendly materials. This new process of producing cruising boats involves:

  • Eco-designing boats: using bio-sourced and recyclable materials and integrating on-board energy production systems.
  • Planning ahead for boats’ end-of-life stage
  • Prioritising short chains
  • Reduced consumption of resins

Setting a course towards eco-friendly catamarans

Energy self-sufficiency

With the help of its ODSea Lab collaborative platform, the Fountaine Pajot Group is working on a sustainable and autonomous on-board energy production system by combining solar, wind and tidal turbine technologies. The Shipyard is also working on optimising resources by developing more efficient solutions that consume less energy while offering the same or even greater standards of comfort. To optimise energy on board, Fountaine Pajot yachts are fitted with an interactive on-board energy management tool that effortlessly allocates energy between propulsion and on-board needs.

New propulsion systems

Today, thermal propulsion accounts for the majority of the carbon footprint during a boat’s life cycle. That’s why ODSea Lab’s teams and experts have developed electric motors for cruising catamarans and sailboats. The electric catamarans Aura 51, Elba 45 and Astréa 42 are now equipped with Smart Electric technology, and other models will follow. The Dufour 530, Dufour 470, Dufour 44 & Dufour 41 sailboats are also available in Smart Electric versions.

Ultimately, coupled with large renewable energy storage capacities, the boat of tomorrow could be equipped with fuel cells to integrate hydrogen innovation on board and thus enhance its performance. The Samana 59 Smart Electric REXH2 prototype is a first step towards these new technologies.

Fountaine Pajot unveils its plan for a more sustainable boating industry

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