Embracing the cause of climate change is a celebration of our potential, a shared endeavour to protect the life that graces our planet.
Project Zero embarks on a grand journey, ensuring every step taken in this global expedition leaves no carbon footprint, an embodiment of sustainable exploration.
With a deep respect for the natural world and a commitment to sustainability, every aspect of this odyssey, from the smaller logistical details to our broader strategic decisions, is shaped by our determination to achieve carbon neutrality. In this way, Project Zero not only explores the world, but does so in a manner that respects and preserves its majesty for future generations. In a warming world, we hope that this statement will encourage others to hold themselves accountable for the footprint they leave behind.
Solar has been, and will be for the foreseeable future, the go to for renewable energy sourcing. 2 x high efficiency solar panels are located on deck, and are connected to our Enerdrive rechargeable lithium batteries on board. This eliminates any need to run the generator or engine at anchorage, saving further emissions and unnecessary noise pollution.
Capturing energy from the suns rays whilst sailing is not the only way to ensure power needs are met renewably. Nanook X is equipped with an efficient Watt & Sea Hydrogenerator as well as 2 x high capacity wind generators, all connected to recharge the on board batteries, reducing the need to run the motor or generator for power needs to a very low percentage of the trip, if at all.
Engine is a Yanmar model 4HTJ Diesel, 110hp 4 cylinder 2.0 litre, including 2 x 24V 80amp alternators with small regulators (reducing the need to use the generator to a small percentage of travel time). It consumes 5 to 6 litres of diesel per hour at cruising speed, which is forecasted to be utilised only when making port as we expect to be under sail power for 85-90%of the journey. All motor emissions are calculated using GHG Protocol standards and are included in the reports.
The boat contains a 160 litre blackwater tank, and 290 litres of grey water tanks. Aprobiotic sewerage treatment is installed to treat the blackwater/grey water tanks to a high standard before discharge. The crew will go above and beyond to ensure the waste is discharged correctly, in appropriate locations.
From mindful living to conscious choices, join us in treading lighter on our shared planet.
As we move forward through the expedition, sustainability reports for each month and leg of the expedition will be released. Monthly reports will detail day to day activities and emissions generated by our crew, with an up to date vessel location as well as the energy generated through renewable means on board. Leg reports will contain more analysed trends of emissions and amended sustainability strategy to reduce total emissions moving forward.
One of our prerogatives in undertaking this voyage is to hold people more accountable for their day to day operations. By using this calculator you can assess your current estimated carbon footprint and create a strategy to reduce emissions within your own life. It is our collective responsibility as a community to generate more discussion surrounding our individual footprints, and move towards a more climate conscious future.
Tree Planting Initiative
Project Zero has aligned with one major initiative for offsetting carbon and creating meaningful ecological change so far. This initiative entails the re-wilding of orangutan ecosystems, and is located in Tanjung Puting National Park situated in Kalimantan Tengah, Borneo. Tanjung Puting has gained international recognition most notably for being the global hub of conservation efforts towards the critically endangered Pongo Pygmaeus (orangutan) population. The team behind Project Zero have begun collaboration with the Indonesia Conservation Foundation to aid not only the planting and reforestation effort for a large portion of this affected area, but also the stabilisation of the declining wild orangutan population.