In co-operation with research, science and industry partners, AIDA Cruises is developing solutions and using technologies aimed at operating the first zero-emission ship in 2030.
By 2040, some 10 years ahead of the IMO’s climate targets, the cruise company aims to be on course for its fleet to be emission neutral, the Carnival Corp brand said.
With its Green Cruising Strategy, the company said that it has been demonstrating how it has been addressing the global challenges of climate change for many years.
The key milestones include:
2004: With the order for ‘AIDAdiva’ and for all further newbuildings, the use of shore power was taken into account.
2011: Ordered the world’s first ships that can be supplied with LNG, or shore power, while in port.
2016: Commissioned ‘AIDAprima’: In addition to the option of LNG supply while in port, the ship also has a shore power connection and an exhaust gas cleaning system.
2017: ’AIDAsol’ was the first cruise ship to use Europe’s first shore power facility in Hamburg.
2018: The commissioning of ’AIDAnova’, the first cruise ship to run on LNG. The use of LNG is a bridging technology for AIDA Cruises. Together with various partners from industry and science, the company has been working on solutions for CO2-free production of LNG.
2019: Ten ships in the AIDA fleet are able to use shore power or are technically prepared. More ships will follow.
2021: Thanks to AIDA Cruises’ initiative, shore power facilities are opened in Kiel and Rostock. Fuel cells are used for the first time on board ’AIDAnova’. ’AIDAcosma’, AIDA’s second LNG cruise ship commissioned.
2022: The largest battery storage system in the cruise industry will be installed on an AIDA ship.
As part of its Green Cruising strategy, AIDA Cruises said that it is not only investing in environmental technology for its newbuildings but is also working to find technical solutions for its existing ships.
For example, the question is whether it will be possible to retrofit efficient fuel cells on a ship in the near future that could supply a large part of the energy requirements, eg, for hotel operations. Or how waste can be recycled as valuable materials for on board energy generation, and more.
The careful use of resources is another elementary pillar of AIDA Cruises’ commitment to sustainability, the company said. For example, the goal is to reduce food waste per person on board by 30% by the end of 2022, compared to 2019.
Single-use plastic items have already been reduced by 50% to date, compared to 2018. By the end of 2022, AIDA said that it intended to save 75%, compared to 2018.