Costa Cruises commits to authentic and responsible travel

 Monday, September 26, 2022 


With the concept “The Good Power of Travel”, the company expresses a new philosophy of travel, focused on the creation of value and commitment to responsible innovation.

Costa Cruises, the Italian brand of Costa Group, the leading European cruise company, presents the 16th edition of its Sustainability Report, covering the year 2021.

The report highlights the company’s sustainability achievements and defines future goals and commitment to sustainable growth in the cruise industry.

The report announces Costa Cruises’ new sustainability strategy, focused on four subject areas, nine material topics and 21 goals, all aligned with the goals of Carnival Corporation & plc.

In line with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2030 agenda, and following a careful Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) analysis, four key priorities were identified as part of the company’s vision of the future: moving toward climate neutrality; regenerating resources; empowering people; and building a transformative ecosystem.

This is the 16th edition of their sustainability report, a figure that underscores their consolidated and pioneering commitment to sustainability.

Mario Zanetti, President of Costa Cruises said that 2021has been a year shaped by a profound and substantial evolution of Costa.

They have worked to offer a new way of travelling and a product value proposition, which finds in sustainability an important asset.

Concerning the first area, climate neutrality, Costa Cruises’ ambition is to introduce a new generation of ships that can operate withzero net carbon emissions by 2050.

The company is also working to further improve the energy efficiency of its existing fleet and to support innovation in port infrastructure.

Part of this commitment includes the debut of the first ships powered by liquefied natural gas (Costa Toscana and Costa Smeralda), the installation of the latest emission-cutting systems on more than 90 percent of its ships, and a focus on operating shore power technology (powering from shore during port stops), with about one-third of the fleet’s ships having the capability, with five more in the pipeline.

Regarding the regeneration of resources, which is closely linked to the preservation of marine ecosystems, 100% separate collection and recycling of materials such as plastic, paper, glass and aluminum is already carried out on all ships.

In addition, 90% of daily water needs are met by transforming that of the sea through the use of desalinators, a value that reaches 100% on Costa newer ships.

The third strategic area, focused on empowering people, concerns both guests and employees.

For guests, the goal is to raise awareness about the positive impact of being increasingly responsible travelers in their choices. For employees, the goal is to promote a fair and inclusive work environment, and to enhance their skills.

In this regard, smart working hours, or flexible working schedules, in 2021 totaled more than 774,000 and training hours nearly 120,000, for a community of employees from 70 countries and five different continents.

The last strategic area for the building of a transformative ecosystem concerns the value generated by the territories and communities that welcome Costa ships.

In 2021 only, with ships operating only in the Mediterranean for a reduced period of the year, Costa ships visited 31 ports, with 17 different itineraries, reviving an ecosystem that includes nearly 16,000 suppliers.

An essential part of Costa’s commitment to people and the planet is expressed through the high-impact projects of the Costa Crociere Foundation, an independent nonprofit organization whose work is complementary and synergistic with Costa’s sustainability activities.

Since its establishment in 2014, Costa Crociere Foundation has carried out a total of 31 environmental and social projects, benefiting more than 125,000 people of more than 130 different nationalities.

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