Carnival is first cruise operator to join Getting to Zero
Cruise ship operator Carnival Corporation has announced it has joined the Getting to Zero Coalition aimed at decarbonising the shipping industry.
Supported by key governments and intergovernmental organizations (IGOs), the coalition represents a leading group of over 80 companies, including global stakeholders from a variety of shipping-related industries such as fuel suppliers, engine manufacturers, marine classification societies, shipping companies, major ports and more.
"We look forward to working with fellow coalition partners in the maritime, energy and other related industries, as well as academics, think tanks and policymakers, to develop a roadmap that identifies the technologies, investments and actions we must pursue to begin introducing zero emission vessels into the global shipping and passenger fleet," said Tom Strang, senior vice president of maritime affairs for Carnival Corporation. "Across our nine brands, we host more than 12 million guests every year and visit over 700 ports of call around the world. The health and vitality of our oceans and seas, along with the hundreds of communities we visit across the globe, are absolutely essential to our business. We have a deep commitment to safety, environmental responsibility and consistently exceeding guest expectations, and being an active part of the Getting to Zero Coalition is another important step for the environment."
Carnival Corporation and its nine cruise line brands are committed to developing innovative solutions that support sustainability and environmentally friendly operations, as part of a broader corporate strategy that includes its commitment to further improve environmental compliance and performance. In 2017, the company achieved its 25% carbon reduction goal three years ahead of schedule, and is on track with its nine other 2020 sustainability targets for reducing its environmental footprint while enhancing the health, safety and security of its guests and crew members, and ensuring sustainable business practices among its brands, partners and suppliers.
As part of its strategic plan for carbon footprint reduction, the company also leads the cruise industry's use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to power cruise ships, with a total of 11 next-generation cruise ships joining the fleet through to 2025. Carnival Corporation launched the world's first cruise ship powered by LNG, AIDAnova, in late 2018, followed by a second LNG ship, Costa Smeralda, earlier this month.
Carnival Corporation is also pioneering the use scrubbers. As of July 2019, systems have been installed on more than 70% of the company's fleet. In addition, over 40% of the company's fleet has cold ironing capabilities, enabling ships to use shoreside electric power where available while in port. The company has also implemented broad initiatives to optimise onboard energy use, and innovative hull designs and coatings to reduce fuel consumption by minimising frictional drag.