Eric becomes the first hybrid yacht in Galapagos
In October 2008, the M/Y ERIC became first hybrid energy tour boat in the Galapagos following a $100,000 installation of 40 solar panels and two wind turbines that were installed to the upper deck of the vessel. The work also included replacing canvas awning with a hard fiberglass top for structural support. The goal is for the panels and turbines to produce 9kw per day or the equivalent of 17% of the energy formerly produced by two carbon fuel based generators be replaced by alternative renewable energy. The project was financed through a partnership with Toyota, a supporter of the WWF and GMBF and other conservation programs in Galapagos.
First Carbon Neutral operation in Galapagos
In 2006, Ecoventura became the first Carbon Neutral operation in Galapagos (and Ecuador). Carbon emissions from the company’s four yachts (and offices including business travel) are reduced, then offset by a portfolio of projects through Native Energy Travel Offsets. Through NETO, Ecoventura was able to invest in the future of our planet, through the purchase of carbon credits, and bringing corporate travel industry dollars directly to the development of new wind turbines on native farms. Through 2011, Ecoventura offset 4435 Short TONS of CO2 per year and was able to reduce its footprint by 10% through high performance oil filters and other methods. 2011 Earth Cooler certificate
Passengers are encouraged to offset their trip by calculating the carbon you will produce from your trip to Ecuador. Carbon Calculator
Ecoventura follows a holistic approach toward healthier living on board
Ecoventura’s pacesetting approach to healthier fare underscores our holistic approach to Galapagos cruising: continued environmental stewardship, promotion of healthier living and support for local communities inside the ship.
To better cater to our clients needs, our culinary-school trained chefs introduced a reduced calorie, healthy dining menu built around natural and organic foods purchased locally from island farmers and that avoids fried foods and high calorie sauces while reducing the fat and sodium content. The new menu has increased its infusion of organic content by over 12 percent; nearly 60 percent of produce comes from the Galapagos, mainly fruits and vegetables from San Cristobal and meats and dairy from Santa Cruz Island; only 32 percent of the food products are now shipped from the mainland of Ecuador and the company continues to annually reduce that percentage (previously this was more than 40 percent). Vegetarian and vegan meals are available upon request.
Smoking is prohibited in enclosed areas aboard the vessels and on the Islands. Smoking is only allowed on the outside deck in a designated smoking area.