The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS), renowned as the world's premier boating event, is once again raising the bar by embracing sustainability and innovation as its foundational pillars for the highly anticipated 2023 edition, slated to take place October 25-29th in downtown Fort Lauderdale.
"FLIBS 2023 is not just a boat show; it's a dynamic platform for change and innovation. It's a testament to the commitment of the marine industry to embrace sustainability and preserve our oceans for future generations," said Andrew Doole, President of U.S. Boat Shows at Informa Markets, the producer of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. "In setting these standards, we're not only leading the way in conservation efforts but also highlighting the vital importance of aligning these elements with the future of event production. FLIBS remains unwavering in its commitment to steer the marine industry toward a new era of environmental responsibility."
Unveiling an array of groundbreaking sustainability initiatives, FLIBS is poised to make a significant impact in reducing its ecological footprint and spearheading a positive transformation within the industry. The extensive range of sustainability features will include:
- "Faster to Zero'' Commitment: Directed by Informa Markets, producers of FLIBS, this initiative propels the show's ambition to become a zero-waste and net-zero carbon entity by 2030, aligning with global environmental objectives. This unwavering commitment mirrors Informa's dedication to addressing pressing environmental challenges and instigating sustainable change across South Florida's event landscape.
- Clean Energy Transition: FLIBS 2023 will source its energy needs from renewable sources, symbolizing a monumental shift towards clean energy, carbon emission reduction, and industrywide adoption of eco-friendly energy solutions.To support this vision, over the past decade, Informa Markets has invested over $2.8 million in reducing the use of diesel generators and enhancing energy efficiency through cutting-edge technologies. The deployment of Tune Harmonics devices and energy-efficient LED lighting will result in a notable 15-20% reduction in electricity consumption.
- Plastic Reduction Efforts: Collaborating closely with vendors and exhibitors, FLIBS is rigorously implementing a strict plastic-use policy. Lanyards made from recycled plastic are part of this effort, with meticulous plans for post-event recycling.
- Exhibitor Showcase: FLIBS will feature a diverse array of exhibitors spotlighting innovative green technologies in the recreational boating industry, underscoring the industry's unwavering commitment to sustainability.
- Sustainable Catering: In partnership with Proof of the Pudding, FLIBS is executing an extensive sustainable catering strategy, with goals that encompass zero landfill waste, sustainable food designations, and the reduction of single-use plastics.
- Recycling Program: This year, Informa Markets is implementing a robust recycling and waste
reduction program, to minimize the environmental footprint. By implementing waste sorting and recycling at the event, transforming waste into valuable resources.
A notable addition to this year's show is the MRH Innovation & Sustainability Award, presented in collaboration with the Marine Research Hub. This award is dedicated to acknowledging organizations that have demonstrated exemplary commitment and innovation in promoting sustainability across various sectors. Whether it's in the areas of environmental conservation, renewable energy, social impact, ecoconscious products, sustainable practices, or community-driven initiatives, FLIBS is seeking to honor the most impactful and forward-thinking efforts.
As part of its commitment to educating and inspiring attendees, the show partners with leading conservation organizations to host interactive seminars and workshops led by experts in boating, conservation, and fishing. Industry leaders, including the Marine Research Hub, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Officers, and the Ocean Rescue Alliance, oversee these sessions. Additionally, the Hook the Future Kids Fishing Clinic, hosted by Captain Don Dingman, educates young boating enthusiasts on the significance of early engagement with sustainable practices.
"The marine industry's commitment to innovation and sustainability is key in preserving our largest asset, our coastal and marine environments," said Phil Purcell, CEO/President of the MIASF, who owns the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. "The opportunity to protect our ocean health is the key to supporting a thriving blue economy with innovative companies providing jobs and building businesses here in Fort Lauderdale, the Yachting Capital of the World."
Owned by the Marine Industries Association of South Florida (MIASF) and produced by Informa Markets, FLIBS will span seven iconic locations throughout Fort Lauderdale. For further details about the 64th annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, please visit www.flibs.com.
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