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ENVIRONMENTAL PRODUCTS & INITIATIVES Pilot phase marina: Marina di Chiavari. How and what The Porto Sostenibile model is structured in five tiers and has 100 performance indicators divided into seven areas. These are: 1. Quality of service 2. Management of tourist destination 3. Environmental responsibility and climate footprint 4. Social responsibility and safety of workers and guests 5. Corporate administrative responsibility 6. Digital innovation 7. Economic reliability Verification and certification of the Porto Sostenibile protocol results cover: • Sustainability assessment • Variance analysis and improvement plan • Training course for protocol implementation • Sustainability Level Assessment by an accredited independent third party and issue of a Conformity Certificate • Granting of a licence to use the Porto Sostenibile brand • Carbon footprint calculation in compliance with the ISO 14064:2019 standard through the “SimaPro” calculation software and release of the OCF Study Report • Annual surveillance programme to verify the maintenance of all requirements and improved performance We asked Luciano Serra for more details: Q: At what stage is the project development and when will it be fully operational? A: The operational activities have already started with a pilot group of 12 marinas associated with Assonat that have confirmed they will follow the experimental phase of the qualification process. Data has already been collected at each marina. Obviously, due to the seasonality of nautical tourism, the performance databases will be completed after the summer so we expect the first sustainability assessment to be completed by the end of 2022. By the start of the tourist season, operators will be involved in an update and requalification training course accredited by the ISPRA Ecolabel and Ecoaudit Committee specifically designed for the understanding and adoption of the Porto Sostenibile model. Both the technical support for the application of the model and the specialised training of marina personnel will be carried out by Assonat and the creator of the Porto Sostenibile model, ICStudio – Scuola Emas Ecolabel Toscana, a specialist consulting and management training company. The working group, in collaboration with the third party accredited body, is in the meantime developing the certification specification. Q: Are there any obstacles to implementation? A: One certainly concerns the heterogeneity of the accountability processes currently adopted by the marinas. Data is collected by different methods and this creates potential inconsistency in terms of completeness and comparability. To overcome this problem, our technical partner ICStudio is studying a web-based tool capable of standardising and facilitating the data collection process, cataloguing and digital storage. Q: Which marina entities have already joined up? A: Vento di Venezia, Marina di Procida, Capo d’Anzio, Marina Cala Galera, Marina Chiavari, Marina di San Rocco, Marina di Scarlino, Marina di Pescara, Marina di Teulada, Porto Barricata, Porto di Lavagna and Yacht Broker have formally joined the pilot phase. This group is a good representative sample of the different types, sizes and organisations that exist in the Italian yachting sector and will help us identify and model best practices and average sustainability performance. A further 20 marinas have expressed interest in joining the initiative once the pilot phase of the project has been completed. Q: What equipment and costs are involved for members? A: Porto Sostenibile is a concrete and useful tool that supports and guides the development of sustainability policies in recreational boating companies. No technological investment is required for its application other than those that exist or are planned for any marina to maintain or achieve its desired market position. The model is designed to enable marinas to improve sustainability via specific objectives (Maturity Capability Model). Through annual assessments (Maturity Capability Levels) managers are stimulated to improve their Environmental, Social or Governance (ESG) performance in terms of production efficiency, and any technological investments that are deemed necessary to help a voluntary choice of business by a cost benefit assessment. The model does not have minimum standards in terms of infrastructure unlike typical certification schemes but full legislative compliance with regard to infrastructure and management is required to access certification for sustainability performance. Q: Which of the seven areas of performance is of most interest to marinas? 44 – May/June 2022

NEW ROLEC’S CLOUD-BASED BERTH SERVICES MANAGEMENT SYSTEM Control your marina’s utilities, anywhere, anytime on any device Rolec’s new BerthVend Smart Solutions offers marina operators significant control over their marina’s berth services, saving time and associated labour costs. It can allow berth holders to independently assign their services via a self-service portal, as well as provide an online payment platform so no marina office visit required. The options are truly endless, with bespoke solutions available too, enabling marina & waterfront destinations to reap the benefits of advanced, streamlined berth services management systems. For more details contact Rolec’s technical / support / sales team or visit your local electrical wholesaler t: 01205 724754 e: – May/June 2022 45

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