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The Malizia II can sail without emitting any carbon. Greta Thunberg travelled across the Atlantic aboard the yacht in summer 2019.

The Yacht Club de Monaco’s iconic yacht the Malizia II enabled Greta Thunberg to cross the Atlantic to attend the United Nations Climate Action Summit with zero carbon emissions in August 2019.

To cover the 3,000 nautical miles between the United Kingdom and New York without emitting any carbon, this 18-metre yacht did not use its combustion engine at any point during the voyage. The yacht is equipped with a solar power system and two hydro-generators which produce electricity.

“These two energy sources mean that we can operate all of the systems and electronics on board continuously, including the navigation instruments, automatic controls, desalination system and our ocean laboratory,” explain Pierre Casiraghi and Boris Herrmann, the founder and skipper of Team Malizia.

© DR - New York (USA) - Team Malizia and Greta Thunberg arrival - Atlantic crossing
© DR - New York (USA) - Team Malizia and Greta Thunberg arrival - Atlantic crossing

The Malizia II also has a scientific role. Launched for the first time in August 2015, this IMOCA 60 yacht is equipped with a sensor that can measure the water’s CO2, pressure, temperature and salinity levels. The measurements it collects are sent to the international SOCAT database, which is accessible to the entire international scientific community. The goal is to reach a better understanding of the mechanisms by which water absorbs carbon.

The racing yacht’s next goal is to take part in the Vendée Globe 2020.

© DR - New York (USA) - Team Malizia and Greta Thunberg arrival - Atlantic crossing
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