GBF Winter 2022 Newsletter

And we can’t ignore the role gaspowered (ICE) boats play in pushing greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) into our atmosphere that contribute to global warming and more suffering from extreme weather events. Waterborne transportation community GHG emissions are about 34%V of total community emissions, as noted by the Integrated Community Energy and Climate Action Plans partnership published by the Georgian Bay Biosphere in partnership with 5 regional townships in the Georgian Bay area. As individuals and families, it is clear a lot more of us need to avoid trips that involve fossil fuels — to help reach Canadian GHG reduction targets of 45% over the next 8 yearsVI. Disclaimer and References I A) Friedrich Jüttner, Diedrich Backhaus, Uwe Matthias, Ulf Essers, Rolf Greiner, Bernd Mahr, “Emissions of two-and four-stroke outboard engines—II. Impact on water quality”, Water Research, Volume 29, Issue 8, 1995, Pages 1983-1987, ISSN 0043-1354, doi. org/10.1016/0043-1354(94)00331-Z. B) Emissions comparison: outboards vs. autos (United States Environmental Protection Agency, California Air Resources Board, European Commission, Environmental Capital Group, Torqeedo, 2016) II GBF tried to talk to a fewmanufacturers within reason given our resources, and where volunteer participants had been buying electric motors. Pure Watercraft was kind enough to respond. Our mentioning of electric motor brand names does not constitute an endorsement. It is simply factual to what was purchased with those who provided info for the article, or as noted — because of some perceived insights into the market. III Springer, Bill. Candela’s High-Performance, LongRange, Electric-Powered, Hydrofoiling Speedboats Are Going To Revolutionize Boat Travel Just Like Tesla Revolutionized Car Travel. Forbes, Aug 14, 2021. Retrieved at: https:// www.forbes.com/sites/billspringer/2021/08/14/ candelas-high-performance-long-range-electricpowered-hydrofoiling-zero-emission-speedboatsare-going-to-revolutionize-boat-travel-just-like-teslarevolutionized-car-travel/?sh=72c9cb6361e4 IV GY Luxury Yachts, May 4, 2021. ©robbreport. Retrieved at https://www.g-yachts.com/en/news/electric-boatsare-coming-but-how-fast-will-they-get-here-233 V https://www.gbbr.ca/climate-action/ VI Government of Canada July 12, 2021 News Release: “Today, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, formally submitted Canada’s enhanced Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) to the United Nations, committing Canada to cut its greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) by 40-45% below 2005 levels by 2030.” www.canada. ca/en/environment-climate-change/news/2021/07/ government-of-canada-confirms-ambitious-newgreenhouse-gas-emissions-reduction-target.html. Canada has joined over 120 countries to commit to net-zero emissions by 2050 VII Friedrich Jüttner, Diedrich Backhaus, Uwe Matthias, Ulf Essers, Rolf Greiner, Bernd Mahr, “Emissions of two- and four-stroke outboard engines—II. Impact on water quality”, Water Research, Volume 29, Issue 8, 1995, Pages 1983-1987, ISSN 0043-1354, https://doi. org/10.1016/0043-1354(94)00331-Z 2% 34% 8% 34% 3% 18% 1% Residential Off-Road Transport Industrial Waste Commercial & Institutional Waterborne Transport On-Road Transport TOTAL REGIONAL COMMUNITY [GHG] EMISSIONS, 2016 ICECAP MEMBERS (5 TOWNSHIPS) 1. This graph of GHG emissions is supplied by the Georgian Bay Biosphere gbbr.ca/climate-action part of the Integrated Community Energy and Climate Action Plans that include 5 regional townships and many other partners. 2. In the Fall, GBF did some myth-busting around electric cars with the Electric Vehicle Discovery Centre (video – youtu.be/zfAsqOU7aXU), or read the article here: bit.ly/GBFecar Certainly, from an environmental point of view, there are significant benefits to electric motors: • No water and air pollution from exhaust including greenhouse gas emissions (A 4-stroke engine emits 38 times more than a gas-powered car)VII. • No water contamination from re-fuelling • No land or water contamination from transfer during storage and maintenance. (These above 3 points were more fully explored in GBF’s David Sweetnam’s article online at: bit.ly/ZeroEmissionProject) • No smells • A lot less noise Environmentally — electric makes sense. Operationally, electric suits a lot of ‘drives’ in Georgian Bay and improves the boating experience on small watercraft with outboards, pontoon boats, rigid inflatable boats, and some fishing boat models provided you have the ability to charge up at your own place. The faster these situations can go electric — the better Georgian Bay will be. We salute all the fast-adopters of electric boats and their quiet emission-free rides, and we will be turning our attention to help educate and remove barriers to more of us experiencing this better boating. 8 | WINTER 2022 | GBF.ORG

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