Sustainability - Ocean Summit

Ocean Summit

Bringing government, industry, scientists and advocated together to explore innovative solutions to the ocean plastic pollution crisis.

Ocean Summit

Bringing government, industry, scientists and advocated together to explore innovative solutions to the ocean plastic pollution crisis.

During the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race a series of Ocean Summits have been organised at a range of stopovers as a key part of our sustainability programme.

The seven Ocean Summits are bringing together the worlds of sport, industry, government, science and ocean advocates, to showcase innovative solutions and announcements to combat the global crisis of ocean plastic pollution.

By convening key stakeholders we aim to inspire people to help turn the tide on plastic.

© Pedro Martinez/Volvo Ocean Race

Next Stop: Cardiff Ocean Summit

When: Tuesday 5th June 2018

Where: Wales Pavilion, Alexandra Head Cargo Road Cardiff Bay, CF10 4LY

The Ocean Summits held so far have already seen the release of ground breaking data on the amount of microplastics in European waters and produced a series of announcements to address the impacts of plastics on ocean health.

At the Ocean Summit in Alicante, the Spanish Government announced that it was joining the UN Clean Seas Campaign. The Mayor of Alicante also announced an education campaign on plastic in all schools in the city.

At the Cape Town Ocean Summit, the V&A Waterfront shopping centre, which welcomes 24 million visitors each year, pledged to eliminate single-use plastic bags and bottles. Individuals, business and governments are urged to committing to reduce their plastic footprint and to help tackle ocean plastic pollution by taking the #cleanseas pledge.

At the Hong Kong Ocean Summit, Daisy Lo, assistant director of environmental protection, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government, pledged to explore ways to reduce plastic at source, revealed plans for a $HK20 million fund for upgrading plastic recycling facilities and talked of Government efforts to clean up the marine environment. Race Team AkzoNobel was announced as the second team to use the on-board data gathering equipment to measure water quality and composition, as well as microplastics in some of the world’s remotest oceans.

A range of announcements at the Ocean Summit during the Newport stopover saw Rhode Island become the first US state to sign up to the UN CleanSeas campaign to fight ocean plastic pollution. Volvo Cars revealed it will remove single-use plastics from all its offices, canteens and events across the globe replacing over 20 million single-use plastic items with sustainable alternatives.

Upcoming Ocean Summits:

Gothenburg - 18th June 2018
The Hague - 28th and 29th June 2018

© Pedro Martinez/Volvo Ocean Race

If you are from government, the private sector or an organisation working on ocean health and plastic pollution, and wish to participate please email to apply for a seat to your closest Ocean Summit:

The number of places are limited, so please get in touch as soon as possible.

The Ocean Summit forms part of the Volvo Ocean Race Sustainability Programme, in conjunction with Sustainability Partners 11th Hour Racing, the Mirpuri Foundation and our other main partners, Volvo, AkzoNobel, Ocean Family Foundation, Stena Recycling and Bluewater is taking action to prevent plastics polluting our seas by maximising our impact at host cities, minimising the footprint of our Race Villages and providing inspiration so we are able to leave a positive legacy for the future health of our oceans. The programme is also a proud supporter of the United Nations Environment’s Clean Seas campaign.