Carnival Corp has released its 2016 sustainability report as part of the launch of its new dedicated sustainability website.
The report and complementary site detail the company’s sustainability efforts and the progress made in 2016 toward its 2020 sustainability performance goals. The report was prepared in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G4 ‘core’ level, and a full copy can be downloaded from Carnival Corp’s new site, according to the company.
“We take our commitment to sustainability and the environment very seriously and take proactive measures to ensure that sustainability is ingrained in the core of our business practices,” said Bill Burke, chief maritime officer for Carnival Corp. “Our top priority is to consistently exceed our guests’ expectations for a great cruise vacation – and that includes providing an exceptionally safe, comfortable and enjoyable environment for our guests and crew members, while at the same time maintaining our deep commitment to protecting the oceans, seas and destinations we visit.”
“We have a great team of employees, most of whom work and live at sea, and we all understand a healthy environment is not just an operating necessity, but it is also the right thing to do. We want our guests to be confident that when they book a cruise vacation with one of our brands, they are doing so with a responsible global corporate citizen,” he added.
Carnival claimed to be ahead of schedule in achieving nearly 25% reduction in CO2e (equivalent carbon dioxide) relative to the 2005 baseline and recently pioneered the use of LNG and introduced the first cruise ship to be fuelled with LNG from trucks while in port.
The company said that it continued to make progress in installing exhaust gas cleaning systems, which significantly improve air emissions by reducing sulfur compounds and particulate matter from engine exhaust. By the end of 2016, 59% of the fleet was equipped with the systems, while a larger percentage is equipped with the systems as of the beginning of August this year.
About 40% of the fleet was equipped with cold ironing capabilities by the end of last year, which allows ships to use an alternative power source while in port.