Sailing for Change with Lagoon
January 24, 2023
The story of Lagoon is intimately tied to our marine environment, and the Beneteau Group is committed every day to preserving it. In recent years we have taken a big step forward in terms of sustainability in order to offer catamarans that are ever more respectful of the environment.
Recognized environmental certification
Our production sites in Belleville-sur-Vie and Le Poiré-sur-Vie, in France’s Vendée region, are certified ISO 9001, ISO 50001 and ISO 14001, internationally recognized standards for quality, environmental management and energy performance. The Bordeaux site is due to be officially certified in 2023, and this will enable Lagoon production to be part of a more virtuous and sustainable construction model.
Sustainable raw materials
The new Lagoon 51, like all future Lagoon models, has been designed to meet the requirements of a new generation of owners. We have conceived an elegant, comfortable, and innovatively designed catamaran. Our woodwork comes from FSC-certified forests and the upholstery is made entirely from recycled materials.
As for the composites, our R&D department continues to work on improvements to use environmentally friendly raw materials, while keeping the quality and reliability of our boats as a priority. The structures of the deck and hulls are built using vacuum infusion, a process that guarantees weight savings, better quality of the composite, and allows us to reduce our environmental impact.
As soon as we can, we’ll start replacing glass fiber with all-natural hemp fiber. Our technological advances in resin and fiber are particularly promising and will be increasingly seen on future Lagoon models.
Eco-responsible solutions on board
Our goal is to help our customers do the right thing, whether under way or at anchor. From water treatment to the use of energy on board, there are multiple areas for development.
The XXL-sized solar panels integrated on the coachroof of the new Lagoon 51 delivering almost 3,000 Watts of energy for the onboard service needs; or the 100% ecological and biodegradable boat maintenance kits supplied with each Lagoon delivered, are proof of this.
Hybrid propulsion: significant investment in research and development
As pioneers in the field, with the launch of the Lagoon 420 Hybrid back in 2006, our Research and Development department is continuing its work to find THE right solution, which will allow us to offer electric propulsion on our boats, without impacting their capacity to cruise all around the world. A solution that is reliable, industrializable, sustainable and affordable.
Several alternatives are continuing to be co-developed and tested, with very strong ambition, rising to meet the challenge.
Supporting sustainable initiatives
We are in awe of many of the projects embarked upon by Lagoon owners, and would like to highlight partners such as Escape to Nature and Anima Mundi, each of whom in their own way are helping to create a cleaner maritime world. In 2023, filmmaking experts Escape to Nature will be sailing a Lagoon 55 to some of the most remote areas of the Pacific to highlight the richness of the underwater world and the importance of preserving it. A human adventure led by a team of passionate scientists, eager to share their discoveries with the wider public. Discover more about this partnership by clicking here.
With Anima Mundi, and in collaboration with the IUCN, our aim is to create the first complete database of plastic waste spread in coastal areas. Wherever they are, Lagoon owners are invited to become part of this exciting project by mapping the coasts of the world using a drone. The goal is to create a precise vision of the pollution on our coasts and its evolution. Find out more about our partnership by clicking here.
At each stage in the life of our catamarans, Lagoon is committed to working hand in hand with our teams and distribution network to keep the Sailing for change commitments and thus preserve your dream destinations..