Some 29 cruise destinations have signed Cruise Baltic sustainability manifesto.
This manifesto is pledge to increase sustainability in the Baltic Sea region’s ports and cities. Members signed the document during a recent conference in Copenhagen.
With more than a 160 representatives from the international cruise industry, the conference focused on the Baltic Sea region as a sustainable destination and represented a co-operative between Cruise Baltic, Copenhagen Malmö Port, the City of Copenhagen and the Denmark’s Ministry of Environment and Food.
All 29 participating destinations in seven countries signed the new manifesto, which is focused on reducing air pollution and congestion.
“It is a prerequisite for the work on green transformation in the cruise industry that there is agreement among cities, ports and shipping companies to make sustained effort,” Claus Bødker, Director Cruise Baltic, said.“Thus, this manifesto represents a major step towards a more sustainable future and it is fantastic to experience such great support and motivation across the entire industry.”
The conference presented a number of recommendations and technological solutions, which can contribute to fulfilling green targets for the Baltic Sea region’s cruise destinations.
Onshore power supply was one of the conference’s central themes, which among other things, highlighted the experience from Port of Kristiansand. In addition, there were many inputs on the theme of congestion.
“No one is more interested in eradicating environmental issues than the cruise industry itself. The conference marked the beginning of a greener future and a strong global cooperation. Now we will all return home to execute the goals we have set together,” Bødker added.
This conference marked the start of the Danish Ministry of Environment and Food’s international project to reduce air pollution on the quayside from cruise ships in the Baltic Sea region. The project runs from 2019 through 2022.