New Green Guide for Marinas

A new guide to help marina managers get to grips with environmental legislation and improve waste, energy and water management has been launched by The Green Blue, the environment programme for the British Marine Federation (BMF) and RYA.
Launched at the BMF’s annual 2012 Marina Conference on Thursday 26 April, The Green Guide for Marinas, funded through The Crown Estate’s Marine Stewardship Fund, will be distributed across the UK to each of the 500 coastal and inland marinas.
The free resource sets out the key areas of environmental legislation every marina needs to meet as well as a selection of great ideas on how marinas can make their site and operations more environmentally friendly, with easy to follow practical steps and ideas. The Guide also contains a selection of case studies from marinas around the UK who have already made environmental improvements, including MDL’s Oil Spill Response Strategy and Overwater Marina’s Renewable Energy Project based on ground source heat pump. In most cases, improvements to environmental management have also lead to cost savings, offering an added incentive for marinas to review their environmental performance.
Julian Goldie, Manager of Tollesbury Marina, said: “Sustainability is much higher on the agenda these days for the whole recreational boating sector and to have a hands-on practical manual to provide bespoke advice for marina managers will be incredibly useful.”
Jane Swan from The Green Blue said: “We know that there is a wealth of general environmental advice available for businesses, but we also know that marina managers are busy people who need quick access to practical information relevant to the recreational boating sector. This guide meets those precise needs.”
The Guide is available to download from The Green Blue website: http://www.thegreenblue.org.uk