Sustainable development

    Sustainable development

    For more than 30 years, PONANT has been taking its guests to the most secret locations on the planet, where nature rules in all its splendour. This choice creates responsibilities towards the ecosystems of which these places are made up and the local communities that live there.
    PONANT recognises 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

    Protecting the environment

    State-of-the-art technologies aboard the ships, improved waste and waste water treatment, raising the awareness of travellers, future plans that are increasingly innovative in terms of sustainable development...
    Every day, PONANT is committed to protecting the environment.

    An increasingly cleaner fleet

    We go above and beyond environmental regulations in force (the MARPOL convention for the prevention of pollution from ships and the Polar Code for example) by studying the ways that help us minimise our impact on the places we visit. Thanks to our efforts, our ships have all been awarded the international “Clean Ship” label, which certifies that we have reduced our environmental impact.

    A vigorous policy of drastic reduction in the use of fuel oil for ship operations

    LSMGO (Low Sulfur Marine Gas Oil) is lighter and less polluting than HFO (heavy fuel oil)
    LNG (liquified natural gas) is currently the greenest fuel on the market (25% less carbon emissions, 85% less nitrogen oxide emissions and 95% less fine particle emissions)

    The technology at the heart of PONANT ship designs

    Sonar system for the detection of shoals to avoid contact with icebergs and reefs
    Refrigerant gas (R407C) used for air conditioning and for refrigeration units. It has no impact on the ozone layer and a very low impact on the greenhouse gas effect
    Low energy and low heat emitting lighting system (LED and fiber optic based)
    Dynamic positioning system that helps (when needed) maintain a vessel’s position without having to drop the anchor in sensitive marine environments such as coral reefs, thereby protecting the seabed
    The latest generators equipped with an integrated electronic control system to optimise their functioning
    Tin-free antifouling paint to protect marine ecosystems as much as possible
    Real-time energy-consumption calculation tools to reduce energy consumption

    The first electric hybrid polar ship powered by LNG in the world

    PONANT is designing a luxury cruise polar exploration ship. Afloat in 2021, it will be fitted with the latest sustainable development technologies and will surpass the requirements of the IMO (International Maritime Organization) 2020 regulation.

    Powered by
    Natural Gas

    Precise measurement
    of consumption
    and optimisation of
    ship sailing

    Latest generation
    electric batteries
    to reduce energy

    Waste Water
    Treatment System

    Waste Heat


    The Icebreaker features perfected “Clean Ship” fittings that go beyond the current industry-standard environmental regulations:

    • Reduction of SO2, NOX, CO2 and particle emissions thanks to the use of LNG
    • Zero emissions when in electric hybrid mode
    • Use of advanced diesel engine technology
    • Compliance with new IMO (International Maritime Organization) 2020 regulation on Sulphur emission levels
    • Compliance with ECA requirements (Emission Control Area)

    LNG’s advantages for the Earth


    reduction in

    carbon emissions


    reduction in

    nitrogen oxide emissions


    reduction in

    fine particle emissions

    Energy management

    • Energy optimisation system that precisely measures consumptions and optimisation of ship sailing methods
    • Waste Heat Recovery System
    • Electric output optimised and consumption reduced through the use of latest generation electric batteries

    Water treatment

    • Advanced Waste Water Treatment system

    Improved waste and sewage treatment

    All types of “water” generated aboard our ships are treated to prevent the potential risk of polluting aquatic environments.

    is filtered, treated, and reused. At the end of the process, solid waste is stored and unloaded on land, in accordance with standard regulatory procedures.
    (bath, shower, kitchen, laundry) is recycled and reused to wash external decks.
    Bilge water
    is treated using ceramic membrane filtration systems to obtain an extremely low content of hydrocarbons: less than 5ppm instead of 15ppm.
    Ballast water
    is subject to biodecontamination.
    Filtered and/or retreated bilge water and ballast water are stored aboard, awaiting unloading on land.
    *During PONANT cruises, the water consumption by passenger is 5 times less important than the average consumption of water per person ashore.

    100% of waste is separated and sorted on board
    (solids – liquids – glass – cardboard – food – medicines)
    The most
    modern methods

    pulpers / crushers / compactors
    Recycling on board is 60% more effective than on land
    700g is the average volume of non-recyclable waste, at the end of sorting, generated by every guest during a cruise. By comparison, the same person would have produced 2.3 kg of waste on land.
    *During PONANT cruises, the waste production by passenger is 3 times less important than the average waste production per person ashore.

    On a cruise, everyone’s responsible!

    On its expedition cruises, PONANT takes its guests to some of the remotest and wildest places on the planet. However, we are very conscious of our status as privileged guests to the sites we visit and of our obligations both towards them and towards the people who live there.

    Additionally, an environmental impact study is carried out before the conception of each new itinerary to ensure that the impact of our landings is only ever temporary and transitory. We make a biodiversity inventory (fauna, flora, geology) of the places where we plan to disembark. We also prepare access routes that do not impinge on the areas to be preserved. Consequently, we work together with several organisations, such as the TAAF (Terres Australes et Antarctiques Françaises, French Southern and Antarctic Lands), the Seychelles Foundation, the Aldabra Foundation, and the Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity Conservation.

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