Carnival Corporation & plc, the world’s largest pleasure travel company, today launched its eighth annual sustainability report, announcing that in 2017 the company achieved its carbon reduction target of 25 percent three years ahead of schedule and is on track with its other nine sustainability goals 2020. The full 2017 report, “Sustainability from ship to shore,” was developed in accordance with the format of the Global Reporting Initiative and is available online at www.CarnivalSustainability.com.
Looking to the future, the company continues to chart its path towards sustainability, using the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations as a framework to identify new objectives of environmental management, energy efficiency, health, safety and well-being by 2030.
“We recognize that to be a responsible global organization and a good corporate citizen, we must have sustainability rooted in all aspects of our operation in our nine global cruise line brands and more than 100 ships,” said Bill Burke, Carnival Maritime Director . Corporation, whose nine global cruise brands include Carnival Cruise Line, Cunard, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises and Seabourn. “We are committed to systematically surpassing the expectations of our guests for an excellent vacation, but we are also deeply committed to being a model of sustainable tourism around the world, it is through the dedication of our passionate and diverse workforce that we can do great strides in every aspect of our operations, we congratulate each of our 120,000 employees for helping us meet and exceed our carbon reduction goal much sooner than anticipated. ”
Carnival Corporation shared its 2020 sustainability goals in 2015, identifying 10 goals that include reducing its carbon footprint, improving ship air emissions, reducing waste generation, improving water use efficiency and supporting guests, crew members and local communities. The company’s latest sustainability report shows that it is on track to achieve these goals in its nine global cruise line brands, making the following environmental advances by the end of 2017:
Carbon footprint: achieved a reduction of 26.3 percent in CO2e with respect to the 2005 baseline
Exhaust gas cleaning systems (EGCS): 62 percent of the fleet equipped with EGCS, able to reduce sulfur compounds and particles in the exhaust of the engines of the ships in any operational state of a ship, which improves the quality of atmospheric emissions
Cold ironing: 43 percent of the fleet is equipped with the ability to use electric power on land while the ship is docked
Advanced wastewater purification systems: increase in the coverage of the capacity of the entire fleet by 6.2 percentage points with respect to 2014. Together, the company’s standard and AWWPS systems meet and / or exceed the treatment requirements of water established by the International Maritime Organization and national and local authorities.
Waste reduction: reduced non-recycled waste generated by on-board operations by 3.7 percent from the 2016 baseline, and shipped 79 percent of US food. UU And municipal-type waste to a facility that captured the energy from the waste
Water Efficiency: Improved water use efficiency in onboard operations by 4 percent from the 2010 baseline, at a rate of 60 gallons per person per day, compared to the national average of 90 gallons per person per day.
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“The attractiveness of the great beauty of the ocean is at the center of what makes the cruise such an extraordinary vacation option for the 12.1 million guests who sailed our 103 ships in 2017,” said Elaine Heldewier, director of sustainability of Carnival Corporation. “Doing our part to ensure the health and vitality of marine environments in the future is not only the right thing to do as good corporate citizens, but it is essential for what we do as a company, we are always looking for better ways to improve our technology and processes to further increase efficiency and decrease our effects on the environment. ”