Cars & Passengers

At SeaFrance, we care about the environment and it is our intention to promote environmental good practice at all levels - both within the business and externally. We continually seek to reduce the negative impacts upon the environment that may be caused by ourselves, our partners and our passengers. We also aim to improve our environmental performance to ensure that our activities contribute to the sustainable development of the communities in which we operate.

We aim to:

  • reduce emissions and reduce energy consumption
  • reduce consumption of resources and raw materials
  • minimise waste from our activities and recycle wherever possible
  • purchase from suppliers who share our concern for the environment and whenever possible purchase and use recyclable products, or products from sustainable resources
  • promote good environmental practice within the industry

We will do this by:

  • complying with, and wherever possible exceed, all relevant environmental legislation
  • monitoring our impact on the environment
  • continuing to integrate environmental aims into the business planning process for ongoing improvement
  • actively communicating with employees on our environmental programme and engaging them in achieving good environmental practice.

How we are helping the environment
   
On Board: our carbon footprint    
Ferries play a vital role of the transportation of goods for the UK economy and are one of the most efficient forms of passenger transport. Ships produce fewer greenhouse gases compared to short haul flights.
The Passenger Shipping Association (PSA) has commissioned an independent study of ferry carbon emissions, per passenger, per kilometre. To ensure it is a robust and accurate study, Best Foot Forward, one of Europe's leading sustainability consultancies, has analysed data from several ferry operators including fast craft. The result, including fast craft which SeaFrance does not operate, is an average ferry CO2 emission of 0.12kg CO2 per passenger kilometre.

Our energy consumption
SeaFrance is now operating at slower speeds on many sailings and as a direct result is reducing its fuel and emissions. Ships are equipped with multi power sources (engines) and a minimum combination of engines is used to operate each service, depending on weather conditions and schedules.
SeaFrance operates a tourism fleet of modern ships equipped with current technology which enables them to operate on reduced power by using a combination of up to four engines. SeaFrance has invested 300m Euros over the last seven years to introduce more fuel efficient vessels replacing older, less efficient technology. The introduction of the SeaFrance Moliere, and the consequential withdrawal of the older SeaFrance Renoir and SeaFrance Manet, resulted in a fleet capacity increase of 17% whilst at the same time reducing carbon emissions by 15%.

On Shore: Marine Conservation Society
SeaFrance has committed to supporting the Marine Conservation Society (MCS), the UK charity dedicated to caring for our seas, through sponsorship of their 'Adopt a Beach' programme. SeaFrance is actively supporting a marine conservation charity to help balance the environmental impact of ferry journeys. Passengers are invited to make a donation of £2 per booking to the MCS.
SeaFrance is helping MCS mobilise thousands of volunteers to remove and survey litter on hundreds of beaches throughout the UK. By adopting their local beach and conducting seasonal litter surveys, SeaFrance is joining communities around the UK in showing their commitment to a healthy future for our seas, shores and wildlife. In addition to our commitment, we are the first ferry company to include an option for passengers to donate every time they travel, thereby balancing the environmental impact of their journey. Donations to the charity are available at the booking stage, via the Contact Centre and online.

Adopt a Beach
SeaFrance is the lead sponsor of the national Adopt a Beach campaign, and as part of its activities, it has committed to monitor and clean Kingsdown beach in Kent four times a year. Staff, their families and friends take part in the quarterly beach clean and remove litter from this beautiful stretch of coastline. In addition, a local school - Kingsdown and Ringwould CEP School - are joining in, and learning about the impact litter can have. You can join us on our beach cleans, or even adopt your own local beach. To find our more, visit www.adoptabeach.org.uk
Litter is an eyesore on our beaches and an ever-growing menace at sea. Litter can kill marine animals as they eat it or become entangled in it and drown. Litter can be hazardous to people and costs millions of pounds to clean up. Plastic has consistently accounted for more than 50% of all litter found during MCS surveys. Worldwide, there are an average of 46,000 pieces of plastic litter in every square mile of ocean.
 
SeaFrance will be raising awareness of the problems of marine litter, and show how simple it can be for every passenger to make a difference. An exhibition on board the ships will highlight the essential work of the Marine Conservation Society and suggest small actions everyone can take to reduce marine litter on our beaches.

Our Beach Clean
SeaFrance's first beach clean of Kingsdown Beach, near Deal, Kent took place on Sunday 20 July in warm sunshine. Dr Sue Kinsey, the Marine Conservation Society's pollution programme manager, joined us on Kingsdown Beach to explain how the national beach monitoring survey is conducted. We split up into teams to record and collect items from a 100m stretch of the beach, and then continued to clean the rest of the beach.

"Cleaning the beach was fantastic! I had a good time and a nice barbecue. It is sad that people leave their rubbish behind. I would like to do it again." - Georganna, aged eight.
"I thought the project was well organised and informative. My daughter and her friends very much enjoyed the afternoon cleaning the beach and, most of all, they fully understood the importance of what they were doing and why. We are all keen to continue with it over the coming months." - Michelle

The second SeaFrance beach clean took place on Sunday 21 September, a slightly less bright day than the first clean, but equally keen volunteers arrived to clear their beach. In all, more than 50kg of litter was collected on a 100m stretch of the beach, including a rusty bicycle wheel!