Our Polar Promise (2020)

This infographic reflects Quark Expeditions’ sustainability successes and goals—celebrating our past while... THE PROOF IS IN OUR POLAR PROMISE


planning for the future!

REDUCE SINGLE-USE PLASTICS Quark Expeditions continues to drastically reduce single-use plastics on board our ships. In 2019, we eliminated:

By working with our hotel provider, we’ve replaced individually wrapped items like butter, sugar, jam, honey, and yogurt with bulk versions. We’ve installed water fountains on our vessels so that passengers can refill their own reusable Quark Expeditions water bottle as needed. Cabins have been outfitted with soap and shampoo dispensers to reduce waste, and we provide straws, paper napkins, and receipts only on request.

320 , 000 Single use bottles. Our guests receive their own reusable water bottles!

14 , 000 Individual yogurt containers.

7 , 600 Parka bags. Now in bundles vs individual plastic bags


The inaugural year of the SeaGreen recycling initiative diverted 647 cubic meters of recyclable material during the 2018/19 Antarctic season. Quark Expeditions was responsible for 270 cubic meters of this total. 270 CUBIC METERS OF RECYCLABLES DIVERTED

Quark Expeditions provides free berths to conservation and scientific organizations, giving scientists access to remote regions to further their research. In addition, a portion of the proceeds from our onboard auctions are directed to these organizations. $500 , 000 Our annual goal to support Polar Research and Conservation. The funds, raised since 2014, support the Habitat Restoration project, whose goal was to restore the sub-Antarctic island to its original status as one of the world’s most important seabird sites. Funds were used for baiting during the eradication phase and to support rodent-detecting dogs for the current monitoring and maintenance phase. $169 , 924 Auction proceeds supporting South Georgia Heritage Trust and Friends of South Georgia.


Ultramarine ’s LED lighting can potentially use 50% LESS

ULTRA MARINE like the recently-launched World Explorer , will be equipped with a Micro Auto Gasification System that thermally breaks down waste, reducing its volume by UP TO 95 %

energy than standard fluorescent lighting.

Fuel-efficient Ultramarine We expect the average daily fuel consumption of Ultramarine to be approximately half the consumption of older chartered vessels of similar size.

Ultramarine has sufficient effluent storage to operate at full capacity with 340 PEOPLE (guests and crew) for 5 DAYS , eliminating the need for any discharge in particularly sensitive areas.

These advanced waste systems mean the technologically- advanced vessel can operate for 40 DAYS and discharge no solid waste!



BY 2025


Quark Expeditions will reduce carbon emissions by:

Quark Expeditions’ historical analysis confirms that we have decreased emissions from vessels by 28% from 2010 levels. Reduction in Carbon Emissions

Our sustainability strategy is an ongoing journey. Join us on our voyage to preserve the polar regions for generations to come!

For more on our comprehensive Polar Promise strategy, visit: QUARKEXPEDITIONS.COM/POLARPROMISE

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