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Project: Research

Project Details


The objective of Waterrecreatie Nederland is to improve water recreation in the Netherlands. One of the focus points that the foundation focuses on is strengthening sustainable water recreation. With this study, Waterrecreatie Nederland wants to map the current CO2 emissions of recreational shipping (here: sailing and motor boats), in order to be able to report and communicate about this, and also as a baseline measurement for future monitoring in this area.

Societal Issue
Shipping has a substantial impact on several environmental systems, amongst others through air and water pollution, and its contribution to climate change. The role of recreational shipping in these issues is not well known, as measurements are scarce and often partly based on assumptions.

Benifit to society
This project tries to strengthen the knowledge base on the carbon (CO2) emissions of recreational shipping in the Netherlands, and to provide detail on fuel use, fuel types, distances, etc. That knowledge can help in making more informed choices on the future development of recreational shipping, with a lower impact on climate change.

Effective start/end date1/01/2430/06/24


  • Waterrecreatie Nederland, HISWA-RECRON, Centre of Expertise Leisure, Tourism and Hospitality (CELTH)


  • water recreation
  • boating
  • sailing
  • emissions
  • carbon footprint


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