The Galapagos Islands, one of the most biodiverse areas on the planet, faces serious environmental problems, which are largely attributable to the scale of the maritime transport in the area. In the Itabaca Channel, located between the islands of Baltra and Santa Cruz, 4 boats move about 146,000 people per year, tourists and residents. As a result, oil spills, motor noise, exhaust gas emissions and other elements are serious threats to the environment.

A solar catamaran was selected by the Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy of Ecuador as a pilot scheme for new research designed at promoting renewable energy. We applied the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) to compare the environmental impacts of a conventional and a solar ship as a basis for proposing the replacement of conventional ships in Galápagos Islands. To get the LCA results out as effectively as possible,, we developed an interactive installation in the framework of a workshop of collective production. The interactive installation combines games with the visualization of the environmental impacts to explore how solar powered transport promotes an environmentally friendly model.

Reflejos en Galápagos. Interactive installation about the transition to a renewable model for maritime transport in Galapagos from inViable Life Cycle Thinking on Vimeo.

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