Published on : Friday, June 10, 2016
Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) highlighted the cruise industry’s leadership in innovation and policy development to protect the environment. The announcement comes during Capitol Hill Ocean Week, led by the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation and sponsored by CLIA member cruise lines through the Cruise Industry Charitable Foundation (CICF).
New figures released last week by CLIA project that 24.2 million people worldwide are expected to cruise in 2016. Although cruise ships represent less than one-half of one percent of the world’s international commercial maritime fleet, CLIA and its member cruise lines have developed and led the adoption of environmental technologies and industry policies that often exceed international and national regulatory requirements. These policies include zero discharge of untreated sewage, exceeding international regulations that permit ships to discharge untreated sewage under certain conditions. The CLIA zero discharge policy for untreated sewage is mandatory for oceangoing cruise line Members all the time and everywhere.
CLIA has also worked with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to develop stringent requirements to reduce emissions from the global maritime fleet. This includes a mandatory 30 percent reduction in carbon emission rates by 2025 for new cruise ships, adding to steps that cruise lines are already taking to reduce their carbon footprint. These actions include the deployment of exhaust gas cleaning systems to significantly reduce the amount of particles that go into the atmosphere, and the use of low-sulfur fuel to comply with emissions control requirements from North America to Australia.
“CLIA member cruise lines are committed to protecting the environment because it is the right thing to do, and it is fundamental to the success of our industry,” said Donnie Brown, CLIA director of technical and regulatory affairs, environmental and health. “The cruise industry’s commitment to preserving and protecting the environment can be seen through its leadership, investment and engagement in advancing sustainable solutions.”
The cruise industry is also focused on achieving greater energy efficiency. Cruise lines have invested more than $1 billion to date on the development of environmental technologies and cleaner fuels. They are also using LED lighting that lasts 25 times longer and uses 80 percent less energy, and special hull coatings that can reduce fuel consumption by 5 percent.
“CLIA is proud to sponsor and be a part of Capitol Hill Ocean Week,” Brown said. “Protecting oceans is important for everyone, and this week’s activities highlight the critical issues around ocean conservation and facilitate a dialogue about what we can all do to advance clean ocean practices.”
In cooperation with its Members, CLIA is developing a report to highlight the state of the industry’s environmental initiatives in 2016 and its ongoing commitment to responsible, sustainable cruising.