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Global collaboration confirmed with landmark electric boating manifesto

Nine worldwide electric marine associations have signed a manifesto committing to accelerate the adoption of electric propulsion.

The manifesto is the work of the International Electric Marine Association (IEMA) which is hailing it as a pivotal moment for the global electric marine industry.

At the heart of the manifesto lies a commitment to collaboration, with key principles focused on fostering knowledge exchange, promoting educational outreach, driving research and development, enhancing industry representation, and addressing cultural and environmental considerations.

“The collective commitment of these national associations signifies that by joining forces, we are poised to accelerate the adoption of electric propulsion and sustainable technologies, fulfilling IEMA’s core aims of collaboration and environmental responsibility,” said Adria Jover, president of IEMA. “IEMA is working to make an impact as quickly as possible, and I welcome this positive action of the national associations to advance electric mobility and promote environmental stewardship.”

Sue Putallaz is CEO of IEMA member Mobyfly
Sue Putallaz is CEO of IEMA member Mobyfly

And he said that by aligning efforts and resources, the signatories have set out their intention to accelerate the adoption of electric propulsion and sustainable technologies, influencing international policies and standards along the way.

Sue Putallaz, CEO of IEMA member Mobyfly and representative for the Swiss Association for Zero Emission Boats, added: “By fostering collaboration and driving innovation, IEMA and its manifesto partners are paving the way for a cleaner, greener, and more efficient maritime transportation sector.

“As representatives of the electric and sustainable boating industries, we aim to showcase our commitment to environmental protection and promote better practices globally.”

The manifesto has been endorsed by representatives from: The Electric Boat Association of America, The Electric Boat Association of Canada, The Norwegian Electric Boat Association (Norsk elbåtforening), L’Association Française pour le Bateau Electrique (AFBE), The Electric Boat Association of Greece, The India Boat Association/India Eco Boat Association (IEBA), The Swiss Association for Zero Emission Boats, The Spanish Electric Boat Association (ANBE), and The Electric Boat Association of the UK.

The IEMA was founded in September 2023.

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