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Sustainability

We use the UN SDG for Life Below Water (SDG14) as a measure of our ongoing commitment to meet our objectives. As a global goal aligned to the Paris Agreement, this makes sense to ensure we work with the following considerations at the heart of our business model, growing our impact as we grow our business.

By collaborating with marine specialists, major multi-national businesses and various global governments and NGO’s, we advocate for sustainable practices across our value chain, be it in dealings with our wider stakeholders, developing products or our operations, ARC was borne from the desire to leave our environment in a better place than when we started. We apply our knowledge and experience to lead the way in man-made solutions, across of variety of marine industries – delivering effective solutions where we are able to make a difference for our clients and our planet.

“Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development”

The Blue economy

Encompasses all sectoral and cross-sectoral economic activities based on or related to the oceans, seas and coasts and blue growth is the long-term strategy to support sustainable growth in the marine and maritime sectors as a whole. Seas and oceans are drivers for the European economy and have great potential for innovation and growth. It is the maritime contribution to achieving the goals of the Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. The ‘blue’ economy represents roughly 5.4 million jobs and generates a gross added value of almost €500 billion a year. However, further growth is possible in a number of areas which are highlighted within the strategy.

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Our Impact

The marine renewable energy sector is a huge part of the Blue Economy, comprising different technologies for the production of renewable energy and where we believe we can drive change across our business. Comprising offshore wind, ocean energy, floating solar photovoltaic and renewable hydrogen production, the sector is at the centre of the UK’s carbon neutrality plans and therefore, an industry in which we take accountability and demonstrate leadership, via our values, actions and in our dealings with stakeholders.

Looking across our business and our supply chain, the following form the key focus for the future of ARC Marine, working within the bounds of Marine Sustainability directives to ensure we continue to drive positive change across marine innovation, environmental protection and conservation advocacy. 

Our design ethos is to enhance habitat complexity as much as possible, increasing biodiversity net gain across keystone species and helping to deliver the goals of UN SDG14.. As such, though most of our metrics are impact-driven, we must also deliver profitability to fund continued innovation, expand our reach and impact in a self-sustaining way.

We Are Carbon Neutral

One issue facing the marine activities, subsea habitats and ecosystems in which we work is the life-cycle of existing artificial underwater reefs, objects and blocks. All ARC Marine’s products are therefore designed to be left in-situ once deployed, safeguarding our ecosystems and habitats for future generations, negating the need to recover our products at the end of life, as well as offsetting any environmental pollution and leaving habitats undisturbed, other than to monitor and survey marine life for future innovations.

The impact of the global pandemic in 2020 and the subsequent lockdown has shown what can happen when nature is given the opportunity to recuperate. We have seen cleaner oceans, species returning and fishery stocks flourishing. If we can revive our economy and work in tandem with our ecology, we have a chance to reverse the effects of climate change.

By creating products designed to maximise biodiversity and human well-being, we play our part in the transition to a sustainable marine future, targeting the following key themes:

Our focus in the transition to a sustainable marine future, targets 4 primary impact metrics across 3 key themes, helping to guide our business for the benefit of both our planet and our stakeholders.

    1. The m2 of new substrate surface area deployed onto the seabed.
    2. The tons of carbon dioxide saved compared to standard Portland-based concrete.
    3. The tons of plastic we can remove from the maritime supply chain. 
    4. The abundance of target species on Reef Cubes® quantifying biodiversity net gain. 

ARC Marine are a believer in people, planet & profit working together to form a long-term sustainable future, therefore, we will publish annual evidence to show our ongoing commitment and contribution to these metrics.

Preserving Biodiversity

Our products are designed to facilitate ecological renewal via the provision of new habitats for numerous marine life, acting as nursery grounds for juvenile fish, crustaceans and molluscs. These examples in turn facilitate the opportunity to improve and expand Marine Protect Areas (MPAs), both across the UK and around the world, with our products being able to be used in any salinity or acidity, we’re ideally placed to provide solutions for the future of ocean biodiversity. 

Protecting the environment 

Our patented products ensure we have as little lasting impact on the marine environment as we possibly can, which is why our Marine Crete® is used across both Reef Cubes® and Marine Matts®, reducing the footprint of our deployments by 90%, as well as being able to last indefinitely on the sea bed, simply becoming part of ocean life once settled and closing the loop on our product life cycle.

Tackling Climate Change

The effects of climate change are visible globally, from the coral bleaching on the Barrier Reef to the invasive species in warming UK waters. In developing products that facilitate the cultivation of ocean flora and fauna, we can improve our ocean’s ability to sequester carbon, create new opportunities for aquaculture or solutions for coastal defence, thereby mitigating the impacts of sea-level rises, as our planet warms.

M2 Substrate deployed

Tonnes of CO2 saved

Tonnes of waste material repurposed

Industry awards 

For the first time in history, every ocean project can actively participate in marine habitat restoration leaving a positive legacy for the future of mankind.