RCG-Royal Caribbean's “Destination Net Zero” program expected to achieve Net Zero emissions by 2050

   October 30, 2021 ,   Cruise Industry

RCG-Royal Caribbean Group introduced its Destination Net Zero, a comprehensive decarbonization strategy including pledging to establish SBT (Science-Based Targets) and achieving net-zero emissions by 2050.

Destination Net Zero builds on decades of a deep sense of responsibility to embed sustainability goals throughout the organization.

Over 18-24 months, RCG will develop its goals to be validated by the SBTi (Science Based Targets initiative), the first such pledge for the industry. The work will commence following the publication of the initiative’s marine transport methodology. Science-based targets show how much, and how fast, companies need to reduce their GHG (greenhouse gas) emissions to help limit global warming.

One of the most ambitious milestones features the delivery of a net-zero cruise ship by 2035. In order to achieve these ambitions, Royal Caribbean Group will rely on a strong partnership with governments, shipyards, and suppliers to develop alternative technology and fuels.

RCG’s focus on achieving the goals builds on its track record of operating some of the most energy-efficient cruise ships on the seas. Due to optimized hull design and system upgrades like AC chillers utilizing 30-40% less energy, the company has consistently delivered a new generation of vessels 20-25% more efficient than the predecessors.

From Silversea Cruises’ ‘Project Evolution’ - the industry’s first hybrid-powered cruise ship scheduled to debut summer 2023 - to the wind farm in Kansas offsetting up to 12% of RCG's scope 1 & 2 emissions per year, the Group is already executing on the Destination Net Zero strategy to drive the development of alternative fuel solutions and emissions-reducing technology.

Silversea Cruises ‘Project Evolution’

Destination Net Zero’s 4-pronged approach includes:

  1. Modernization of Royal Caribbean Group's global brands fleet via the introduction of a total of 13 new alternatively fueled and energy-efficient ships, including the recently announced ‘Project Evolution’ - the cruise industry’s first vessel to remove all local emissions while at the port.
  2. Continued investment in energy efficiency programs, including enhanced data systems, digitalization, and energy-saving technologies.
  3. Development of alternative power and alternative fuel solutions.
  4. Optimized deployment and integration of shore-based supply chains.

RCG fully owns the companies/brands Silversea, Celebrity, RCI-Royal Caribbean International.