MSC pledges to reach net zero emissions by 2050

MSC pledges to reach net zero emissions by 2050

The MSC Group has committed to reaching net zero emissions in its fleet within the next three decades

MSC has pledged to reach zero greenhouse gas emissions in its cruise marine operation by 2050.

The target, which covers MSC Cruises and Explora Journeys, was detailed in a press release from MSC, following the company signing the Getting to Zero Coalition’s Call to Action, which aims to decarbonise the overall shipping sector, including cruising.

This call to action includes the target for zero emissions by 2050; deploying commercially viable zero-emission vessels by 2030; and joint action by the private and public sectors. It will be delivered to world governments ahead of COP26, held on November 1-12 in Glasgow, Scotland.

MSC’s commitment is beyond the IMO ambition to reduce emissions from shipping by half by 2050, setting it apart from others in the industry.

The company has said it is “on a race to help accelerate the necessary technological and fuel developments required” and has partnered with Fincantieri and Snam, an energy infrastructure company, to determine conditions for the design and construction of a hybrid hydrogen/liquified-nitrogen-gas (LNG)-powered cruise ship.

MSC has made annual efficiency improvements across 2-4% of its fleet since 2008. It has also committed to three more ships that will operate using LNG, creating 21% less greenhouse gas emissions.

Pierfrancesco Vago, executive chairman of the Cruise Division of MSC Group, said: “Today we are taking our commitment one step further by embracing a net-zero emissions future within the next three decades.

“We will achieve this by investing in and otherwise supporting the accelerated development and implementation of innovative, cutting-edge technologies to be deployed across our fleet.

“Collaboration between operators, shipyards, technology manufacturers, academic institutions, public authorities and governments will be essential. There are already encouraging signs of such partnerships enabling progress, but more can and must be done.”

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