improving sustainability with hybrid propulsion
Sail for ethics -S4E- aims at improving sustainability in the maritime transport, fishing and tourism, adapting hybrid propulsion -sails & engine- on existing ships in coastal regions.
S4E has for objective to foster decarbonized maritime transport worldwide using hybrid sailing cargoes/passengers ships reconstructed from used freighters and trawlers. Acting on several levers, Sails 4 Ethics makes it possible to simultaneously achieve sustainable and equitable economic and social objectives while preserving the environment.
The locally owned fleets are promoted in developing and emerging countries to increase sustainable South-North and South-South transport of goods -with a special focus on fair trade, organic and ethical economy- and passengers. S4E also supports and participate to sustainable tourism activities.
The reconstruction process takes place on site, benefiting local population with employment and professional skills training ensuring equity.
Combating climate change through the decarbonization of maritime transport involves all levels of action. The S4E project is positioned at the micro – local scale.
Sustainable navigation respects biodiversity by reducing chemical pollution and noise pollution.
From local to global, by the small scale.
You will find information, a library of documents, printed matter to download (technical, politic, geography…), definitions, photos and videos.
Our timeline is the follow-up of the activities that we carry out in the more or less long term, in-depth articles.
The activities will lead you to exciting conferences on the theme of the ocean, or partners who accompany us in the adventure.
We are converting a trawler in schooner
The Kinnaird is a 27m trawler that we are converting into a sailboat. Currently in Scotland, the project launched by Georges Drouet, Prospective International asbl and Prospektika SRL started in 2013. The source of our future action protocol. Towards the future gaff schooner, the lived experience, listed live, difficulties, successes, progress are to be followed in the timeline.
Carbon footprint and sequestration
Our carbon footprint as an actor is an important criterion. Our ambition is to create a sustainable and natural activity, eco-designed from its very first steps. We are aiming for a label & international standard criteria.
The decarbonisation of the oceans is only one part of the overall decarbonisation taking place on the planet.
Website, hosting, trips, office, way of life – because everything is linked – as well as the partners we have, tend towards a visible and quantifiable global coherence of greenhouse gases, consumption carbon and thermal reduction.
Thus, we ask our service providers to travel by train as much as possible, we favor small, even artisanal structures that can demonstrate their commitment in this direction.