To date, the cruise industry has invested over $23.5 bill in ships with new technologies and cleaner fuels to reduce air emissions and achieve greater efficiency, according to a new report.
Cruise Lines International Association‘s (CLIA) Global Cruise Industry Environmental Technologies and Practices Report, produced by Oxford Economics, claimed that this investment represents a $1.5 bill increase over the previous year’s report findings.
The report highlighted the progress that CLIA’s deepsea cruise line members continue to make towards the development and implementation of advanced technologies and practices to achieve lower emissions, greater efficiencies, and a cleaner environment on board, at sea and in port.
While cruise ships comprise far less than 1% of the global maritime community, the latest report substantiates how cruise lines have taken a leadership role in the adoption of maritime technologies that benefit the entire shipping industry, CLIA said.
“Even as we have worked to address and overcome the impacts of COVID-19, the cruise industry remains committed to a cleaner, more sustainable future. With over $23 bill invested in ships with new technologies and cleaner fuels, such as exhaust gas cleaning systems and liquefied natural gas, I can only imagine what we will accomplish together in the next 10 years and beyond,” said Kelly Craighead, CLIA’s President and CEO.
“This report affirms our commitment to environmental sustainability and I commend our members for their continued leadership and demonstration of the highest standards of responsible tourism,” she continued.
CLIA cruise lines were the first maritime sector to publicly commit to reduce the rate of carbon emissions by 40% by 2030 compared to 2008.
As noted in the report, CLIA deepsea cruise line members continue to work diligently to achieve ambitious goals like this and meet rising expectations. Substantial progress has been achieved in the following areas:
- LNG Fuel*– The 2020 report found 49% of newbuild capacity will rely on LNG fuel for primary propulsion, a 51% increase in overall capacity, compared to 2018.
- Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems (EGCS)*– More than 69% of global capacity utilises EGCS to meet or exceed air emissions requirements, representing an increase in capacity of 25%, compared to 2018. In addition, 96% of non-LNG newbuilds will have EGCS installed, an increase in capacity of 21%, compared to 2019.
- Advanced Wastewater Treatment Systems– Around 99% of new ships on order are specified to have advanced wastewater treatment systems (bringing global capacity to 78.5%) and currently 70% of the CLIA deepsea cruise line fleet capacity is served by advanced wastewater treatment systems (an increase of 5% over 2019).
- Shore-side Power Capability– In port, cruise ships are increasingly equipped with the technology to allow delivery of shoreside electricity, thus allowing engines to be switched off, and there are many collaborations with ports and governments to increase the availability.
- About 75% of the new build capacity is either committed to be fitted with shoreside electricity systems or will be configured to add shoreside power in the future.
- Around 32% of global capacity (up 13% since 2019) are fitted to operate on shoreside electricity in the 14 ports worldwide where that capability is provided in at least one berth in the port.
The progress across these multiple areas demonstrate CLIA’s view that it is integral, urgent, and feasible to balance fostering growth with policy and technology changes that help preserve the air and oceans in which the industry operates.
“The cruise industry works every day to advance its responsible tourism efforts and recognises that continued and greater investment in research is critical to identifying and producing new fuels and propulsion systems,” said Adam Goldstein, Chairman of CLIA Global. “This is why CLIA along with other maritime sector partners have proposed to establish and fund a $5 bill Research and Development Board dedicated to working collaboratively across the sector to identify the technologies and energy sources that will provide additional opportunities to lessen our environmental footprint and meet the ambitious goals set by the IMO.”