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Technology Helps Volvo Ocean Race Save Water and Cut Plastic in Cape Town

Volvo Ocean Race

The innovative solution, provided in partnership with 11th Hour Racing and the Host City delivery partners, will generate 32,000 litres of drinking water daily

Around half a million single-use plastic bottles will be avoided during the Volvo Ocean Race’s Cape Town stopover thanks to an innovative new water purification solution which turns polluted and waste water into clean drinking water.

The technology, from Bluewater, has been provided in partnership with the Race’s Founding Sustainability Partner, 11th Hour Racing, and with the support of the Cape Town City authorities, Host City delivery partner Worldsport and the V&A Waterfront.

The Cape Town stopover is the 11th time that the Volvo Ocean Race has visited the South African city in the event’s 44-year history – but with the city’s water reserves currently low due to ongoing drought conditions, the 2017-18 stopover brought added challenges.

Bluewater’s purified water solution means that the Race can generate up to 32,000 litres of clean drinking water for Race Village visitors daily throughout the Cape Town stopover, which runs until 10 December, without touching a single drop of municipal water.

Volvo Ocean Race’s Sustainability Programme Manager Meegan Jones said: “These innovative water refill points in our Cape Town Race Village take our sustainable event management to new heights.

“We have a commitment to drastically reduce single-use plastics at all our stopovers, and the Bluewater refill points means we won’t impact the City of Cape Town water reserves while still meeting our plastic reduction goals.

She continued: “In addition, we are running a hugely-successful plastic bottle exchange in partnership with Consol Glass, which allows Volvo Ocean Race Village visitors to swap a single-use plastic bottle for a stylish refillable glass bottle.

“It’s a world-leading example of sustainable event management that we are very proud of and thankful to Bluewater, 11th Hour Racing, Consol Glass, WorldSport and the V&A Waterfront for helping us to make this happen.”

Read the full story here.

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Land Rover BAR Partner With ELG Carbon Fibre to Recycle and Reuse Carbon Fibre Used During America’s Cup Campaigns

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Land Rover BAR are working with ELG Carbon Fibre Ltd (ELG) to ensure that the carbon fibre process waste and end-of-use components from their America’s Cup test and race boats are recycled as far as possible, to promote the most economic and environmentally efficient use of this valuable material.

Carbon fibre is energy intensive to manufacture and most waste currently goes into landfill. With ELG onboard as Technical Supplier, Land Rover BAR’s carbon fibre manufacturing waste and end-of use parts will be processed to recover the high performance carbon fibres they contain. The recovered fibres will be converted into ELG’s milled and chopped fibres which are used to make thermoset and thermoplastic compounds and nonwoven mats that are utilised in the manufacture of composite structures. Both organisations view this collaboration as a vital step in addressing the issue of global carbon consumption and raising awareness of closed loop recycling within the marine industry.

ELG’s product engineers will work closely with Land Rover BAR’s engineering team to develop applications for the recycled carbon fibre for Great Britain’s entry in the 36th America’s Cup. This will be achieved through the utilisation of their CARBISO™ range. The CARBISO™ products will be made entirely from reprocessed Land Rover BAR carbon components such as hull moulds, hulls and foils from boats used in recent America’s Cup campaigns.

With ELG’s support, Land Rover BAR aim to significantly increase the application of recycled composite materials during the build of our race boats for the next America’s Cup. The work is based on successful feasibility studies that have shown that high quality carbon fibres can be recovered from the process waste and end-of-use parts and converted into products that are usable in the marine sector.

ELG’s product engineers will work closely with Land Rover BAR’s engineering team to develop applications for the recycled carbon fibre for Great Britain’s entry in the 36th America’s Cup. This will be achieved through the utilisation of their CARBISO™ range. The CARBISO™ products will be made entirely from reprocessed Land Rover BAR carbon components such as hull moulds, hulls and foils from boats used in recent America’s Cup campaigns.

Read the full story here.

The Water is Our Pitch

Ben Ainslie, Contributor
Team Principal and Skipper of Land Rover BAR – the British Challenger for America’s Cup
Published November 10, 2017

Yesterday I flew back from Lausanne where I had the opportunity to address all the Olympic disciplines on ‘Leading the way towards a Sustainable Agenda’ at the International Federation (IF) Forum. I gave an overview on what Land Rover BAR, our British America’s Cup team, have achieved over the past four years and it was great to see the International Olympic Committee dedicate a conference to everything that encompasses sustainability.


With journalist and BBC newsreader, David Eades, at the IF forum. Photo credit: HuffPost 

Sports teams represent key role models in society, we are in a privileged position and we have seen how the power of sport can effect social change in the past. Mandela realised the transformative and unifying power of sports, and used that power to make changes that protests and diplomacy could not and I truly believe sport is now powerful enough to have the same positive impact on environmental issues, to be able to truly influence behavioural change around effecting positive environmental change.

There’s always a quiet period after any campaign and major sporting event, but it offers us a good opportunity to debrief and look into our processes and practices ahead of things ramping up for the next cycle. We are expecting the 36th America’s Cup will take place in Auckland early 2021, Emirates Team New Zealand, the 35th America’s Cup winners, have released an initial Protocol and we will receive more news within the next few months.

We have been based back in the UK for four months now and one of the biggest sustainability projects for us at the moment is looking into reusing or recycling our products for the next campaign and working to ensure for our future boats, the end life is designed in at the beginning.

A key part of our sustainability policy is to leave minimal impact wherever we go and in Bermuda we ensured that any materials used in the base build had an end of life plan. Our Sustainability Manager, Amy Munro, alongside our exclusive sustainability partner, 11th Hour Racing worked hard to find ways to reduce, reuse or recycle all our materials within the local community and charities and leave that lasting legacy we set out to achieve.

The water is our pitch and we continue to want to protect that, you can’t fail to notice the issues with plastic in our oceans has become more high profile within the past few months. One of the new additions to our base was to install the UK’s first Seabin on the team’s pontoon. The Seabin is an innovative automated rubbish collection unit and it sits alongside the oysters housed in protected cages on our dock. Each bin has the capability to collect the equivalent of 83,000 plastic shopping bags – or 20,000 plastic bottles per year (1/2 ton) from its surrounding ocean. At the moment, we’ve been emptying the bin around four times a day, we’ve had everything in there from a toothbrush to a packet of potatoes, but mainly lots of plastic bottles and seaweed coated in polystyrene. The UN estimated this year there were 51 tons of microplastic particles in the ocean today – 500 times more than the number of stars in the galaxy and we are seeing real evidence of this in our bin.

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