Begin by analyzing its own impacts on the environment was a fundamental approach for a boat acting as an ambassador for water conservation. The life cycle assessment is a methodology commonly used to assess the environmental impact of products or companies.
Life cycle refers to the complete life of a product, from the extraction of raw materials to the disposal (recycling, incineration, etc.), not forgetting the phases of manufacturing, logistics and utilization.
Quantis International conducted a scientific study for the MOD70 circuit. The study focused on analyzing the environmental impact of a MOD70 based on the following categories: global warming associated with emissions of greenhouse gases, resources (primary non-renewable energy and mineral extraction) and water footprint.
The study results show that due to the one-design concept and long-term construction concept, the impact of the construction phase that is usually the most harmful for the environment is limited and relatively small compared to other racing yachts.
This is because, firstly, the tools, representing a significant consumption of composite, are reused for the entire series of the MOD70 (not rebuilt for each boat) and, secondly, because one yacht sails on a high level for 10 years (unlike most of the other racing boats).
The results also show that the events surrounding the championship (public relations, hospitality programmes, travelling etc.) impact the environment more than the races themselves. It is on these aspects that Multi One Design and the Multi One Attitude Foundation plan to act and reduce impacts as much as possible.