Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the voice of the global cruise industry, has released its latest annual environment report.
The CLIA Global Cruise Industry Environmental Technologies and Practices Inventory report demonstrates the cruise industry’s commitment to responsible tourism practices and continued progress on the development and implementation of new environmental technologies.
It comes at a time when CLIA ocean-going cruise members have committed to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050. CLIA member cruise lines have also committed to a 40 per cent reduction in the rate of carbon emissions across the global fleet by 2030.
An associated Environmental Report produced by Oxford Economics addresses the challenge posed by the need for alternative, sustainable fuels and the steps that the industry is taking to support progress. Over three quarters of the global cruise fleet by passenger capacity is now equipped to use alternative fuels.
Alternative fuel sources in development include biodiesel, methanol, ammonia, hydrogen and electric batteries. The report highlights the engineering, supply and regulatory challenges to overcome before the largescale adoption of such fuels can take place. However, it claims that the cruise industry’s increasing investment in new ships is facilitating the research and development of these fuels.
The report focuses on a range of key areas where progress should be made, from LNG fuel to wastewater treatment systems, outlined in the infographic below.
“While cruise has been one of the sectors most acutely impacted by the global pandemic, cruise lines remain at the
forefront of the challenge to develop new environmental technologies which benefit the entire shipping industry,” said
Kelly Craighead, president and CEO of CLIA.