CLIA report shows progress towards net-zero

CLIA report shows progress towards net-zero

The cruise industry is committed to hit the target by 2050, and the report reinforces its credentials as an environmental innovator

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has released the results of its 2022 Global Cruise Industry Environmental Technologies and Practices Report, showing progress towards achieving the industry’s commitment to net-zero carbon cruising globally by 2050.

The report also reinforces cruise’s credentials as an innovator and early adopter of environmental technologies.

It highlights the increase of shore-side power capability, with 40 per cent of vessels already fitted to operate on shore-side electricity, and 98 per cent of new-builds on order to be fitted with or configured to add the capability.

The majority of new-build ships (61 per cent) will rely on liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuel, which reduces emissions, and more than 79 per cent of vessels employ exhaust gas cleaning systems (EGCS).

All new ships on order will have advanced wastewater treatment systems and currently 78 per cent of CLIA cruise lines’ ocean-going fleet are fitted with this, an increase of nine per cent from 2021.

President and CEO, CLIA, Kelly Craighead said: “Innovation and engineering are at the heart of the industry’s vision for net-zero carbon cruising.

“The cruise industry continues to lead the way by investing billions to incorporate new technologies, accelerate development of sustainable marine fuels – in particular, engines capable of using sustainable marine fuels – and enable shoreside electricity connectivity on existing and new ships.

“These are the fundamental building blocks for the decarbonisation of global shipping, and we are acting now for the future.”

Despite the progress, the report makes clear that a transition to sustainable marine fuels remains essential to achieving the maritime industry’s decarbonisation goals and underscores the urgent need for governments to support research efforts to accelerate development of these fuels.

“The cruise industry has always been and will continue to be at the cutting edge of innovation when it comes to environmental and maritime technologies,” said chairman of CLIA Global, Pierfrancesco Vago.

“For this next phase of our journey to net-zero as an industry, we now need clear support from governments and policy-makers to ensure that the right infrastructure is developed also on land and to encourage the investment and innovation that will be required for the development of sustainable marine fuels at scale.”

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