Sustainable Maritime Interiors - 2022 Report

124 An important characteristic of classification societies is their capacity to lead on innovation, rather than simply monitoring for compliance with existing rules and norms. To support shipbuilders and designers in achieving sustainable certification, classification societies can take an active role in pushing rule development processes to drive the adoption of standards for sustainability that must be followed. Providing certifications according to a standardised scoring table of interior materials and monitoring performance would promote sustainability within the limitations associated with the framework of a particular classification society. The main benefits of this approach would be the availability of clear criteria regarding how to achieve sustainable interiors, as well as standardised improvement plans that participants can follow. Regular reviewing and updating of the technical standards, for example to reflect the SDGs, would help ship designers and outfitters in their achievement of the goals. This approach would also provide help and resources to those in the maritime industry seeking to transition towards more sustainable operations. Another way that classification societies can drive sustainable interiors is by working with product manufacturers to get more recycled and green products to pass IMO flammability requirements. They could start requiring that a certain percentage of products/materials that go into ship construction be ‘green’. Once a standard or rating system is developed, classification societies could monitor sustainability compliance by all parties to the process. There is also scope for determining standards regarding materials used in interiors, their assembly method and long-term sustainability of designs, accompanied by certification for compliance with these standards. Interior designers and architects Designers and architects benefit greatly when shipowners clearly state their sustainability policies. While some interior design companies bring their own policies, which they implement regardless of the project, it is always helpful to have an understanding of the level of sustainability activity that is expected and endorsed by the client. If designers and architects include sustainability-related factors in their design principles, this improves the likelihood that these principles will be integrated in the final product. However, this is by no means guaranteed and they may still need to persuade their clients that a sustainable design will not only save the environment but also yield profits in the long term. And even if the owner is onboard with greener options, it is also important to convince the shipyard of the importance of a sustainable approach. It is the responsibility of designers and architects to stay informed about new materials and methods of production, so they can introduce these to the client and explain the benefits. In particular, they must find a way to flag and explain the sustainability elements or benefits of a product so that if it is changed by the yard, these elements can be retained in the alternative product. In addition, by sourcing suppliers who offer sustainable products, collaborating with sustainable stakeholders, and educating themselves about sustainability, designers and architects can ask the right questions and thereby avoid being a victim of greenwashing. ADDRESS ING INDUSTRY I SSUES