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Environment and Sustainability


The RYA recognises that the protection of the environment is an integral part of our business. We believe that environmental damage is avoidable so will do everything reasonably practicable to prevent it to ensure that our members can continue to enjoy the experience of boating in a clean environment.

Sustainability Strategy

The RYA launched its Sustainability Strategy in July 2020. The Strategy seeks to address key international concerns about the environment, along with wider sustainability issues such as labour rights and anti-corruption. It contains an initial action plan for delivery over the next 12-18 months and targets 2030 to achieve our goals. The strategy is available at the following links:

RYA Environmental Policy

The RYA’s Environmental Policy highlights the Association’s commitment to complying with applicable environmental legislation, preventing pollution, identifying and minimising risks to the environment posed by RYA organised events and ensuring its continued improvement in performance.

Read the policy statement here: RYA Environmental Policy Statement 2020/21

The Green Blue


The Green Blue is the joint environmental awareness programme of the Royal Yachting Association and British Marine.

The Green Blue works to promote the sustainable use of coastal and inland waters by boating and watersports participants, as well as the sustainable operation and development of the recreational boating industry.

It aims to help boaters and boating businesses to minimise their impact on the environment by raising awareness amongst industry and users; reducing harmful discharges; reducing environmental disturbance; and encouraging sustainable choices.

Find out more about The Green Blue

Planning & Environment

For more advice and information about environmental issues that affect your boating, from marine protected areas to environmentally friendly moorings visit Knowledge & Advice – Planning & Environment.

United Nations Global Compact

The UN Global Compact is the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative, with businesses around the globe signing up to Ten Principles on human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption.

As part of its pledge the RYA will be making the UN Global Compact principles part of its strategy, culture and day-to-day operations and take the necessary actions to advance the broader development goals, in particular, the Sustainable Development Goals.

For more information about the initiative please visit the Global Compact website: United Nations Global Compact – Sustainable Development Goals

The RYA's latest Communication on Progress can be found here: RYA COP 2020

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