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ENVIRONMENTAL PRODUCTS & INITIATIVES Developing a new green standard for Italian marinas Porto Sostenibile, a newly presented green management model, could set new standards in Italian marinas, with a multi-layer approach: to evaluate and certify a marina’s voluntary sustainability progress while incorporating an internationally recognised climate footprint assessment process and a protocol that integrates with ISO business management standards. Donatella Zucca reports Presented to industry at the Genoa Boat Show 2021 by Assonat (Associazione Italiana Approdi e Porti Turistici) and ICStudio, Porto Sostenibile is now in operational phase. The experimental aspect of the project, which began in September last year, involved a pilot group of different types of marinas. Those involved undertook to voluntarily report on their step-by-step journey through environmental impact and CO2 reduction measures with the aim of becoming carbon neutral. The process of monitoring, analysing and evaluating, in addition to its primary purpose, gives the marina the opportunity to better orient its investments and activities, starting with cost optimisation and an increase in the value of the services it offers. And the ability to be transparent with regard to sustainability performance, using criteria and parameters verified and certified by third party bodies, is a winning ticket for public administrations, customers, shareholders and the local social fabric. In line with the evolving nature of the concept, implementing Porto Sostenibile also involves continuous staff training, accredited by the Ecolabel and Ecoaudit Committee – Emas Eco Management Audit Scheme Section, Italy ISPRA – and when moving the focus towards a broader framework – the protocol can be integrated with ISO business management standards. Monitoring delivers valuable information on the marina and its surroundings that can help to facilitate Luciano Serra: “Porto Sostenibile is a concrete and useful tool that supports and guides the development of sustainability policies in recreational boating companies.” new openings with tour operators, nautical supply chains and various entrepreneurial activities, for example, as well as creating job opportunities in the increasingly important sector of environmental sustainability. Assonat president, Luciano Serra, underlines the importance of delivering a route to sustainable development for the Italian pleasure boat sector. He believes that, in addition to protecting those who work and improving hospitality, it serves to bridge a cultural gap on certain issues. Pilot phase marinas: Marina di Teulada (above); Marina Cala Galera (centre); and Marina di Scarlino (below). – May/June 2022 43

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