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Wednesday, July 17, 2019 

Brittany Ferries has appointed its first eco-responsibility manager, in a move to centralise the company’s efforts to reduce its environmental footprint.

The appointment of Claire Artagnan reinforces a long-standing commitment to sustainable development across all aspects of ferry operations, from building new ships to reducing single use plastics on board. Before joining Brittany Ferries, Artagnan worked on the development of offshore wind farms and on smart building projects.

“From the outset, Brittany Ferries has had a profound respect for the environment,” said Christophe Mathieu, CEO Brittany Ferries. “We were founded by the farming community in Brittany and protecting and nurturing the environments in which we operate is part of our DNA.  However, Claire’s key role will be to ensure positive action is coordinated across all parts of business, from the delivery of new ships to tenders for every new contract. It’s a key role and we warmly welcome her to the Brittany Ferries family.”

The company has already taken concrete action reduce the environmental impact of its operations today, particularly in reducing emissions from ships through the transition to LNG (liquefied natural gas), as well by cutting out single use plastics. Three new LNG ships will be delivered within the next four years, in an investment worth more than €0.5bn. This will deliver an estimated CO2 reduction per passenger on long haul routes by 46%. Better air quality in ports will follow, with a drastic reduction in sulphur, nitrogen dioxide and particulate emissions.

The company has a strong track record on what is known as the 'circular economy'. 80% of food served on board originates in France, reducing food miles, the majority coming from Brittany. Dishes served in restaurants, for example, include vegetables supplied by Prince de Bretagne, a farming collective run by the shareholders (and farmers) of Brittany Ferries, including the company chairman Jean-Marc Roué.

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