RCG-Royal Caribbean Group tests biofuel on Celebrity Apex and Symphony OTS in Europe

   June 7, 2023 ,   Cruise Industry

RCG-Royal Caribbean Group is making a notable effort to minimize its environmental impact by implementing an important initiative. During the summer, the company intends to conduct tests on two of its ships, Celebrity Cruises' Celebrity Apex and Royal Caribbean International's Symphony of the Seas, in Europe. The objective is to use sustainable biofuel as an alternative to traditional fuels. This endeavor aims to collect vital information and understand the capabilities of biofuels, as well as assess the infrastructure of the supply chain.

The testing phase will take place over 3 months, with Celebrity Apex departing from Rotterdam Netherlands and Symphony OTS leaving from Barcelona Spain. Both ships will utilize a biofuel mixture that incorporates recyclable materials like used cooking oils and fats. This innovative blend has the potential to significantly reduce CO2 emissions, contributing to a greener and cleaner maritime industry.

Jason Liberty (RCG's President and CEO) emphasizes the importance of biofuels in achieving the company's decarbonization goals, as well as those of the wider maritime sector. By embracing innovative fuel solutions, Royal Caribbean Group aims to take the lead in reducing carbon emissions.

Upon completion of the testing phase in the summer, RCG plans to expand the use of alternative fuels across its fleet to meet the energy requirements of its ships. The successful implementation of biofuels on Celebrity Apex and Symphony of the Seas will pave the way for the adoption of alternative fuels, including biofuels, on upcoming summer cruises in Europe. Liberty underscores the company's commitment to a sustainable future and responsible vacation experiences. Royal Caribbean Group aims to enhance its ships' capabilities while significantly reducing emissions. To achieve this, the company seeks strategic partnerships with suppliers and ports to ensure the availability of sufficient biofuels and the necessary infrastructure.

RCG's foray into biofuel testing aligns with its longstanding dedication to sustainability, which has been a fundamental aspect of its operations for over thirty years. The company has consistently invested in technologies to enhance energy efficiency, water treatment, and waste recycling. Biofuel testing represents a crucial next step toward the company's Destination Net Zero vision, which aims to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.