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WhatCruise Lines International Association (CLIA) recently announced a historic global cruise industry commitment to reduce carbon emissions across the industry fleet by 40 percent by 2030.
Why It MattersThe reduction will be fueled by innovative technologies for energy efficiency in ship design and propulsion. The commitment to reduce the rate of global fleet emissions by 40 percent is the outcome of a collaborative process designed to build consensus among cruise line leadership. While each cruise line has its own individual environmental programs and goals, the fact that the major industry players have made this joint commitment is a strong statement about how seriously they take the issue.
Fast Facts- Progress toward the 40 percent 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 traveled. CLIA plans to report annually on the industry’s progress toward the commitment.
- The industry’s first liquified natural gas (LNG)-powered ship launched last month, and some 25 such ships could be operating by 2025. While LNG ships principally address pollution, there is a corresponding benefit for carbon emissions reduction.
- CLIA is the world’s largest cruise industry trade association, providing a unified voice and leading authority of the global cruise community.
What They Are Saying“Today’s announcement is a tribute to cross-industry collaboration and a shared commitment to environmental sustainability,” said Arnold Donald, global CLIA chairman and president and CEO of Carnival Corporation & PLC. “We aspire to the International Maritime Organization’s vision of a carbon-free shipping industry by the end of the century. Our commitment to a 40 percent reduction in the rate of emissions by 2030 is a strong first step toward realizing that vision.”
The DetailsCruise Lines International Associationwww.cruising.org