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AkzoNobel to be sustainability partner for next Volvo Ocean Race

Saturday, 20 May 2017

AkzoNobel will be an official sustainability partner of the 2017/2018 Volvo Ocean Race. The partnership - which focuses in particular on educating people about reducing plastic use and protecting our oceans - will pro-actively build on the long-established commitment to sustainability of both parties. Sanya, the only Chinese destination to be chosen as one of the 52 Places to Visit by the New York Times this year, will make its debut on the Clipper 2017-18 Race route.

The race is taking sustainability to its heart by helping to "turn the tide on plastic" and the partnership with AkzoNobel will focus on boosting awareness through an education program designed to inspire future generations to act positively on marine litter.

"Our involvement with the Volvo Ocean Race and the participation of team AkzoNobel are a perfect fit with our Planet Possible sustainability strategy," explained André Veneman, AkzoNobel's Corporate Director of Sustainability.

"There's a fundamental link between the sustainability goals of the race itself and our own efforts to achieve radical resource efficiency, such as offering sustainable and innovative products to customers that provide a positive social and environmental impact. So it makes perfect sense for us to support the fantastic Volvo Ocean Race sustainability program being put together for the next race."

Added team AkzoNobel crew member Annemieke Bes: "This cooperation will play an important role in helping to raise awareness for the effect plastic is having on our environment and the impact it's having on our oceans. As sailors, we see this first-hand so we're proud to be part of this partnership to turn the tide on plastic."

The 12 race villages - which are expected to attract millions of visitors - will be a major focus of the sustainability program that's being introduced. As well as eliminating the use of single-use plastics where possible, there will be a major push to change people's views and behaviors when it comes to the health of our oceans. AkzoNobel will also be using the opportunity to show visitors how reducing emissions to air and discharges to the sea can help to make people's lives more liveable and inspiring.

Another key pillar of the program will be a series of Ocean Summits focused on bringing science, politics, government and sport together to get them to commit to changing the way they behave or operate. "Our goal is to leave a legacy," explained Volvo Ocean Race CEO, Mark Turner. "We go to 12 host cities and in each location we are able to impact, influence, change views and get new commitments from governments and business."

AkzoNobel's long association with the sea means the company is already playing a key role in helping to protect the world's oceans. For example, it's estimated that the Intersleek range supplied through the International brand has helped to save $3 billion of fuel and 32 million tons of CO2 since being introduced 21 years ago. Recently, the company also announced its intention to be carbon neutral and use 100% renewable energy in its operations by 2050. 

AkzoNobel creates everyday essentials to make people's lives more liveable and inspiring. As a leading global paints and coatings company and a major producer of specialty chemicals, we supply essential ingredients, essential protection and essential color to industries and consumers worldwide. Backed by a pioneering heritage, our innovative products and sustainable technologies are designed to meet the growing demands of our fast-changing planet, while making life easier. Headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, we have approximately 46,000 people in around 80 countries, while our portfolio includes well-known brands such as Dulux, Sikkens, International, Interpon and Eka. Consistently ranked as a leader in sustainability, we are dedicated to energizing cities and communities while creating a protected, colorful world where life is improved by what we do. 

 Speaking on her appointment as Sanya Serenity Coast Skipper, Wendy said: “I am so excited to have been given the opportunity to skipper the Sanya Serenity Coast team entry during the Clipper 2017-18 Race.

“I’m looking forward to working alongside such a dynamic new partner to the Clipper Race and to helping to promote Sanya as a tourist destination as we race around the world.”

Wendy is one of two female Skippers in this edition and the first ever Australian to Skipper twice in the Clipper Race. During her debut campaign in the 2015-16 race, one of the highlights of her circumnavigation was winning the Clipper Race class of the 2015 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, which forms part of the All Australian Leg 4. 

Speaking about her return to the Clipper Race, Wendy said: “I am looking to work on everything I learnt during the 2015-16 edition to build another strong team of ocean racers. I’m also looking forward to getting to know more about China and the tropical holiday destination of Sanya through the knowledge of our onboard Ambassador Crew who will help myself and our team fly the flag for Sanya throughout the race.”

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Last Updated ( Saturday, 20 May 2017 )