The annual and world-renowned premier boating event is back in Fort Lauderdale and will be taking place October 25-29th. And this year, they’re setting new standard for the future of marine events. Owned by Informa Markets and the Marine Industries Association of South Florida (MIASF), the show will take place in seven locations throughout the city: Bahia Mar Yachting Center, Las Olas Marina, Hall of Fame Marina, Superyacht Village at Pier Sixty-Six South, Pier Sixty-Six Marina, Broward County Convention Center and 17th Street Yacht Basin.
“FLIBS 2023 is not just a boat show; it’s a dynamic platform for change and innovation. It’s a testament to the commitment of the marine industry to embrace sustainability and preserve our oceans for future generations,” said Andrew Doole, President of U.S. Boat Shows at Informa Markets. ”In setting these standards, we’re not only leading the way in conservation efforts but also highlighting the vital importance of aligning these elements with the future of event production. FLIBS remains unwavering in its commitment to steer the marine industry toward a new era of environmental responsibility.”
FLIBS is looking to significantly minimize its ecological footprint by launching several groundbreaking sustainability initiatives.
According to FLIBS, these features include:
- “Faster to Zero” Commitment: Directed by Informa Markets, producers of FLIBS, this initiative propels the show’s ambition to become a zero-waste and net-zero carbon entity by 2030, aligning with global environmental objectives. This unwavering commitment mirrors Informa’s dedication to addressing pressing environmental challenges and instigating sustainable change acrossSouth Florida’s event landscape.
- Clean Energy Transition: FLIBS 2023 will source its energy needs from renewable sources, symbolizing a monumental shift towards clean energy, carbon emission reduction, and industry-wide adoption of eco-friendly energy solutions.To support this vision, over the past decade, Informa Markets has invested over $2.8 million in reducing the use of diesel generators and enhancing energy efficiency through cutting-edge technologies. The deployment of TuneHarmonics devices and energy-efficient LED lighting will result in a notable 15-20%reduction in electricity consumption.
- Plastic Reduction Efforts: Collaborating closely with vendors and exhibitors, FLIBS is rigorously implementing a strict plastic-use policy.Lanyards made from recycled plastic are part of this effort, with meticulous plans for post-event recycling.
- Exhibitor Showcase: FLIBS will feature a diverse array of exhibitors spotlighting innovative green technologies in the recreational boating industry, underscoring the industry’s unwavering commitment to sustainability.
- Sustainable Catering: In partnership with Proof of the Pudding, FLIBS is executing an extensive sustainable catering strategy, with goals that encompass zero landfill waste, sustainable food designations, and the reduction of single-use plastics.
- Recycling Program: This year, Informa Markets is implementing a robust recycling and waste reduction program, to minimize the environmental footprint.By implementing waste sorting and recycling at the event, transforming waste into valuable resources.
A new featured added to this year’s show is the MRH Innovation & Sustainability Award presented in collaboration with the Marine Research Hub. This award gives businesses incentive by “acknowledging organizations that have demonstrated exemplary commitment and innovation in promoting sustainability across various sectors.”
“The marine industry’s commitment to innovation and sustainability is key in preserving our largest asset, our coastal and marine environments,” said Phil Purcell, CEO/President of the MIASF “The opportunity to protect our ocean health is the key to supporting a thriving blue economy with innovative companies providing jobs and building businesses here in Fort Lauderdale, the Yachting Capital of the World.”
In addition, the show partners with leaders in the conservation industry to host seminars and workshops led by experts and overseen by Marine Research Hub, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Officers and Ocean Rescue Alliance in order to do their part in educating others.
For more information, please visit flibs.com.