It is our vision that the SEA Index will become the global industry standard. By providing transparency, the label will allow all stakeholders in the industry to easily assess a yacht’s ecological standards. This will in turn enable the industry to generate new products based on their environmental rating and create incentives for both builders and owners to design and build yachts with lower fuel consumption and less environmental impact.

We started from the observation that to date, there had been no reference point for the yachting industry. As a collective voice of the industry, we set out to create a benchmark and define measurable objectives. Our SMART approach ensures that the SEA Index is Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-based.

By assessing the real impact of each vessel, we not only hope to increase awareness, but also to drive owners and shipyards towards solutions which will reduce pollution levels and environmental impact – starting with CO2 and fine particle emissions. Once the reference framework is established, we can set specific emission-reduction targets.

Our ultimate goal is the reduction of emission levels with an ever growing fleet of yachts. Although in global terms, the yachting industry accounts for a very small percentage of pollution, every improvement is beneficial to our planet and our oceans.

Most existing measurements only cover commercial ships, which gives the SEA Index the opportunity to fill the gap in the superyacht industry.

Existing Measurements Today


– MARPOL resolutions and annexes (Annex VI – Prevention of Air Pollution from Ships)
– Energy efficiency measures: EEDI, SEEMP, EEOI

Classification societies

– Green notations as proof of voluntary compliance with additional measures, including all life cycle steps, from design to recycling

Independent labeling systems

– Environmental Shipping Index evaluates performance in reducing air emissions
– Clean Shipping Index includes air pollution as well as chemicals, water and waste
– Blauer Engel for environmentally friendly ship design