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ENVIRONMENTAL PRODUCTS & INITIATIVES D-Marin makes €1.7 million investment D-Marin, operator of 20 marinas in Greece, Turkey, the UAE, Montenegro, Croatia, Italy and Spain is installing a €1.7 million solar power network to increase its current investment in renewable sources. The first phase of solar panels is Turkish marinas, Didim and Turgutreis. already installed at Borik, Mandalina Combined, the panels produce 4.9GWh and Dalmacija marinas in Croatia, and of energy per year – the equivalent works are ongoing at two of D-Marin’s annual energy consumption of 1,345 MDL continues multimillion pound roll-out Supporting its commitment to sustainability and further investing in its green infrastructure, MDL Marinas has installed a new system of solar panels at its Cobb’s Quay Marina in Poole, Dorset. Part of a multi-million pound roll-out across its UK marina network, the new 34kW photovoltaic system at the 1,130 berth marina in picturesque Poole Harbour will produce around 31,500kWh of electricity each year, saving over 9,500kg of carbon and the equivalent of planting 425 trees. Installed by specialist solar energy contractor Your Eco on the roof of the main facilities building, the 82 new solar panels join 120 panels installed in 2011 and 270 installed in 2021, bringing the total number of solar panels across MDL’s network to 1,134. The electricity generated by the new solar modules will be used to power MDL’s activities and services. Giving live, measurable data, MDL’s website will display the total power now generated at Cobb’s Quay, and its other marinas, along with the total C02 emission saved. “Our aim is to power our marinas through on-site generated renewable energy,” said MDL’s estates director Simon Welch. “We’ll continue with the multi-million roll out of solar panel installations across our other marinas, as we work through our planned green Solar panels installed at Turgutreis Marina, Turkey. households – which equates to 71% of the energy used by D-Marin across the five marinas. Areti Priovolou, health, safety and environmental officer at D-Marin, said: “Our ESG [Environmental, Social & Governance] strategy is core to everything we do. This investment in solar power represents a notable milestone in our journey to constantly reduce our carbon footprint, marking the next step in our commitment to the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) pathway.” “We know that solar power stations will lead to a significant reduction in the amount of energy needed from nonrenewable sources. This, in turn, will help us protect the stunning yachting destinations we call home while maintaining a premium marina service. We will be installing solar panels across all 20 D-Marin marinas as we work towards creating a self-sufficient marina network.” The project is part of the company’s ESG strategy and vision to create sustainable marinas for present and future generations. D-Marin is audited for ESG by Ecovadis, the global authority providing business sustainability ratings, which ranks it in the top 30% of leisure companies globally for environmental practices. The 82 new solar panels installed at Cobb’s Quay bring MDL’s total to 1,134 across its network. investment programme.” “By investing in solar at its marinas, MDL has afforded long-term energy security from a renewable source, future-proofing the company’s energy supply,” added Nick Spicer of Your Eco. – November/December 2023 47

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