Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) today announced a historic global cruise industry commitment to reduce the rate of carbon emissions across the industry fleet by 40 percent by 2030.

“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 & 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 40 percent commitment is a strong first step toward realising that vision.”

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. 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.

While CLIA Cruise Lines each have responsible and sustainable programs to reduce waste and preserve and protect the oceans, the commitment to reduce the rate of carbon emissions is the first initiative they have taken together. The reduction will be fueled by innovative technologies in ship design and propulsion. The industry’s first liquid natural gas (LNG)-powered ship launched just last week, and some 25 such ships could be operating by 2025. LNG generates significantly fewer emissions than conventional marine fuels. CLIA Cruise Lines are also deploying advanced air quality systems that reduce ship exhaust by up to 98 percent.

Joel Katz, Managing Director of CLIA Australasia said, “No industry has a stronger interest in protecting our oceans than cruising. 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.”

Cruise is the first maritime-related industry to make a joint carbon emissions commitment to sustainability on the seas.

“The cruise industry is taking a leadership role as a member of the global shipping industry. This action will have a real, measurable impact on the destinations we serve and the waters in which we sail,” Mr Katz said.

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