The cruise industry often cops a lot of flack for its impact on the environment. But peak body Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) says it has taken “a strong first step” towards a carbon-free cruising industry by committing to nearly halve emissions by 2030.
Global CLIA Chairman Arnold Donald said the initiative to cut emissions by 40% was a “tribute to cross-industry collaboration and a shared commitment to environmental sustainability”.
“We aspire to the International Maritime Organisation’s vision of a carbon-free shipping industry by the end of the century,” said Donald, who is President and CEO of Carnival Corporation. “Our 40% commitment is a strong first step toward realising that vision.”
To be measured against a 2008 baseline, emissions will be calculated based on the industry’s total carbon emissions, ship berths and distance travelled.
To be fueled by innovative technologies in ship design and propulsion - such as the industry’s recently launched first liquid natural gas (LNG) powered ship and new air quality systems - the commitment is the first undertaking CLIA member cruise lines have taken together to reduce carbon emissions.
CLIA Australasia managing director Joel Katz said “no industry has a stronger interest in protecting our oceans than cruising”.
“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.
“This action will have a real, measurable impact on the destinations we serve and the waters in which we sail.”
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