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Cruise industry reduces environmental impact


Cruise industry reduces environmental impact
Cruise industry reduces environmental impact

The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) leads the way in advancing sustainability in the maritime sector. Committed to achieving net-zero emissions by 2050, CLIA members are surpassing international requirements and innovating towards a more environmentally responsible future.


In their sustainability report, the cruise industry outlines strategies to reduce carbon emissions by 40% before 2030. Investments in green technologies and practices, including shoreside electricity for docked ships, demonstrate a commitment to going beyond existing regulations.


To enhance energy efficiency, cruise lines are investing in intelligent lighting, advanced HVAC systems, and improved waste management. Heat exchangers capturing waste energy and air lubrication systems minimizing drag are contributing to sustainability.


In terms of fuel, the cruise industry is exploring alternatives such as biofuels, synthetic electrofuels, electric and hybrid batteries, liquefied natural gas (LNG), and hydrogen fuel cells. Successful trials, like the net-zero GHG voyage of the LNG-powered MSC Euribia, provide insights for optimizing the entire fleet. TUI Cruises, Celebrity Cruises, Disney Cruise Line, and Norwegian Cruise Line are preparing for methanol-powered voyages by 2028.

Collaboration is key to decarbonization. CLIA members engage with governments, the EU, fuel suppliers, and tech companies to develop solutions enhancing energy efficiency. Government support is crucial for regulatory frameworks and funding access for sustainable initiatives.


The Cruise Industry's commitment aligns with UN Sustainable Development Goal 13 (Climate Action), reflecting a collective effort towards a greener maritime future. Global targets necessitate collaboration, and the cruise industry, in partnership with stakeholders, is navigating towards a sustainable and responsible future.




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Credits: Cruising Org



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