What about tomorrow ?

    Sustainable development

    For more than 30 years, PONANT has been taking its guests to the most hidden locations on the planet, where nature rules in all its splendor. This choice of destination creates responsibilities towards the ecosystems of these rarely visited places and the local communities that live there.
    PONANT recognizes its corporate social responsibility (CSR) and strives to become a global benchmark with regard to sustainable development in its cruise activities.

    We protect better what we know

    Jean-Emmanuel SAUVÉE, CEO and Co-Founder of PONANT

    What about tomorrow ?

    Committed and involved on a daily basis, PONANT wants to lead the way and show how responsible and sustainable tourism can be achieved within the cruise industry. The Fondation PONANT - dedicated to the protection of the oceans, the polar regions and engagement with local people - is in the course of creation. It will support around ten initiatives each year. A board of directors will be appointed made up of leading figures in this area. To this end, we are preparing a number of new measures that will be introduced over the coming months and years.

    Virtuous vessels

    Installing rigid sail propulsion on Le Ponant, our iconic ship for the last 30 years
    Fitting our entire fleet with the Whales Anti Collision System (WACS), designed to prevent collisions between ships and whales
    Fitting every ship with ROVs (Remotely Operated Vehicles), small underwater drones, to inspect hulls and ensure that they are clean.
    Carrying out an impact study following a test on silicone paint called “dolphin skin” used on L’Austral. This method will help mimize our ships’ consumption and can be extended to our entire fleet. Other tests will be carried out to optimize water resistance.

    Reducing our impact

    Introducing solutions designed to save water while doing laundry
    Using waterskins and fountains to reduce waste
    Special monitoring to ensure that our waste can be traced after it has been unloaded
    Installing a waste processing plant aboard Le commandant Charcot
    To reduce emissions of particles and gases during calls in Ushuaia, at the gates of Antarctica, PONANT is committed to a power supply program in one or two berths in the port of Ushuaia. This land connection equipment makes it possible to connect ships to electrical outlets ashore and therefore turn off their generators during time in port, which reduces the ship's CO2 emissions to 0%.

    Protecting fauna and flora

    Implementing the “PONANT Observatories” project.
    Le commandant Charcot will house a laboratory that welcomes scientists and allows them to conduct their work on site. Our goal is to transform the entire PONANT fleet into “observatories”. The company’s 11 cruise ships and future vessels will soon support the French oceanographic fleet in charge of observing marine biodiversity and ecosystems in the world (taking scientists on board and dropping them off, loading and unloading equipment, etc.).
    The PONANT Forest.
    More than a mere carbon offset, we work with various local associations to replant deforested areas and maintain particularly sensitive forests. PONANT’s guests will be able to visit some of these forests during time in port.
    Strengthening our partnerships with scientific organizations such as the French Research Institute for the Exploitation of the Sea (IFREMER), the French Navy’s Hydrographical and Oceanographic Service (SHOM), the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), the Paul-Émile Victor French Polar Institute, and the French national meteorological service (Météo-France).

    Focusing on the human aspect

    Creating an Ambassador Charter to involve our guests in our environmental approach.
    Inviting our passengers to become more involved in the ecological actions we take (e.g. cleaning up beaches, etc.).
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