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As global cruise leaders met in Genoa, Italy, this week, the industry issued a call to governments to act to increase production of sustainable marine fuels. Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the leading voice of the global cruise industry, estimates that 44,000 tonnes of sustainable marine fuels* will be needed in Europe by 2025 to be in line with the 2030 EU decarbonization goals.

At its European Summit in Genoa, CLIA revealed 55 cruise ships are on order representing an investment of €33.9 billion for the next five years. Cruise ships today, and those coming online, are among the most advanced and energy-efficient ships in history, as cruise lines continue to innovate to achieve a vision of net zero emissions by 2050.

  • Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) issued the call for action at its European Summit in Genoa
  • Based on 2023 consumption, CLIA estimates that 44,000 tonnes of sustainable marine fuels will be needed in Europe by 2025 to be in line with the EU decarbonization 2030 goals

While investments in ship technology continue, the availability of sustainable marine fuels at scale is the missing piece in the puzzle. CLIA is calling on governments to help accelerate the transition by setting more ambitious production targets, particularly for synthetic and biofuels.

Jason Liberty, global Chair, CLIA said, “The cruise industry is making enormous investments to lay the foundation for a future of low-to-zero carbon fuels. Collaboration with our industry’s global leaders and changemakers is critical to ensure that sustainable marine fuels are available, affordable, and scalable. We look forward to strengthening our partnerships with ports, governments, and communities to fully realize the green transition of the maritime sector.”

CLIA is also calling for governments to reinvest the revenues received from maritime as part of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme to fund the necessary infrastructure and support deployment of renewable energy solutions at an accessible price.

CLIA is embarking on a research study to combine fuel infrastructure, technology, and sailing routes to identify the local investment needed for the industry to decarbonize by 2050.

In cooperation with fuel producers and engine manufacturers, the cruise industry is pursuing a variety of sustainable energy sources. These sources include internationally certified sustainable biofuels, and synthetic e-fuels such as e-methane and e-methanol. Other sources being explored as part of hybrid solutions include electric batteries, bio-LNG, e-LNG, methanol, or hydrogen fuel cells.

*Based on 2023 annual consumption of 2.2m tonnes of fuel within the cruise sector (MRV data). The quota is based on the EU Renewable Energy Directive (RED) mandate.