Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) announced a global industry commitment to reduce carbon emissions' rate fleetwide by 40% by 2030.
The historic commitment is the outcome of collaborative process designed "to build consensus among cruise line leadership." Progress to the 40% target will be measured against 2008 fleet baseline, while emissions rates will be calculated upon the total carbon emissions of industry fleet, total distance traveled and total ship berths. CLIA plans to report annually on the progress toward the commitment.
All CLIA-member cruise lines have sustainable programs to reduce waste, preserve and protect the oceans, so the commitment to reduce the carbon emissions' rate is an initiative they have taken to reduce GHG Emissions. The reduction is to be fueled via innovative technologies for energy efficiency in cruise ship design and propulsion.
Cruise industry’s first LNG-powered ship, AIDAnova, launched last week, and 25 such vessels could be operating by 2025. LNG ships address pollution, so there is a corresponding benefit for reduction of carbon emissions.