CLIA targets 40% cut to emissions
CRUISE Lines International Association has announced an “historic global cruise industry commitment” to reduce the rate of carbon emissions across the industry fleet by 40% by 2030.
Progress toward the target will be measured against a 2008 fleet baseline, and emissions rates will be calculated based on the industry fleet’s total carbon emissions, total ship berths and total distance travelled.
The move was announced late last month, with CLIA planning to report annually on the industry’s progress toward the commitment.
“No industry has a stronger interest in protecting our oceans than cruising,” said CLIA Australasia Managing Director Joel Katz, adding “It is not simply our responsibility: operating sustainably at sea is a business imperative.
“What other industries do on land, we must do at sea – a challenge that promotes constant innovation in our operations and advances environmental protection efforts,” he said.
The reduction will be fuelled by technologies in ship design and propulsion, including the expanding number of vessels powered by liquid natural gas (LNG), with around 25 such ships expected to be operating by 2025.
CLIA member cruise lines are also deploying advanced air quality systems that reduce ship exhaust by up to 98%.
Katz said by taking a leadership role “this action will have a real, measurable impact on the destinations we serve and the waters in which we sail”.
Pictured above is the brand new AIDAnova, one of 11 LNGpowered cruise ships under construction for Carnival Corp.