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Cruise Industry Reaffirms Commitment to Environmental Protection Practices


he 2020 Global Cruise Industry Environmental Technologies and Practices Report, released by Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), highlights the progress that CLIA oceangoing cruise line members continue to make towards the development and implementation of advanced technologies and practices to achieve lower emissions, greater efficiencies, and a cleaner environment onboard, at sea and in port. While cruise ships comprise far less than 1 percent of the global maritime community, the latest report substantiates how cruise lines have taken a leadership role in the adoption of maritime technologies that benefit the entire shipping industry. To date, the cruise industry has invested over $23.5 billion in ships with new technologies and cleaner fuels to reduce air emissions and achieve greater efficiency. This is a $1.5 billion increase over the 2019 report findings. Even as the industry has worked to address and overcome the impacts of COVID-19, the sector remains committed to a cleaner, more sustainable future. With over $23 billion invested in ships with new technologies and cleaner fuels, such as exhaust gas cleaning systems and liquified natural gas (LNG), one can only imagine what they will accomplish in the next 10 years and beyond. In fact, CLIA cruise lines were the first to publicly commit as a maritime sector, to reduce the rate of carbon emissions by 40 percent by 2030 compared to 2008. As noted in the report, CLIA oceangoing cruise line members continue to work diligently to achieve ambitious goals like this and meet rising expectations. Substantial progress has been achieved in the following areas: • LNG Fuel* – The 2020 report found

49% of new build capacity will rely on LNG fuel for primary propulsion, a 51% increase in overall capacity compared to 2018.

• Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems

(EGCS)* - More than 69% of global capacity utilizes EGCS to meet or exceed air emissions requirements,


tions with ports and governments to increase the availability.

“EVEN AS THE INDUSTRY HAS WORKED TO ADDRESS AND OVERCOME THE IMPACTS OF COVID-19, THE SECTOR REMAINS COMMITTED TO A CLEANER, MORE SUSTAINABLE FUTURE.” representing an increase in capacity of 25% compared to 2018. Additionally, 96% of non-LNG new builds will have EGCS installed, an increase in capacity of 21% compared to 2019. • Advanced Wastewater Treatment

Systems - 99% of new ships on order are specified to have advanced wastewater treatment systems (bringing global capacity to 78.5%), and currently 70% of the CLIA oceangoing cruise line fleet capacity is served by advanced wastewater treatment systems (an increase of 5% over 2019).

• Shore-side Power Capability - In

port, cruise ships are increasingly equipped with the technology to allow delivery of shoreside electricity, thus allowing engines to be switched off, and there are many collabora-

75% of the new build capacity is either committed to be fitted with shore-side electricity systems or will be configured to add shore-side power in the future.

32% of global capacity (up 13% since 2019) are fitted to operate on shore-side electricity in the 14 ports worldwide where that capability is provided in at least one berth in the port.

The progress across these multiple areas demonstrate CLIA’s view that it is integral, urgent, and feasible to balance fostering growth with policy and technology changes that help preserve the air and oceans in which the industry operates. The cruise industry works every day to advance its responsible tourism efforts and recognizes that continued and greater investment in research is critical to identifying and producing new fuels and propulsion systems. This is why CLIA along with other maritime sector partners have proposed to establish and fund a $5 billion Research and Development Board dedicated to working collaboratively across the sector to identify the technologies and energy sources that will provide additional opportunities to lessen our carbon footprint. The proposal was recently discussed in detail at the IMO during the 75th session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC). IMO Member States expressed divergent views on the IMRB proposal; however, more than 30 Member States supported further discussion and development. The Committee invited additional comments and concrete proposals for a more detailed discussion during the 76th session of the MEPC, which is slated to take place in June 2021. While this is just a small step, CLIA looks forward to continued work with our industry co-sponsors and IMO Member States to further the proposal in order to achieve the ambitious IMO GHG reduction targets.

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