Celebrating United Nations Day on 24th October and the 2017 International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) highlighted its members commitments to the UN’s sustainable development goals.
“By declaring 2017 the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, the UN provided our sector with the opportunity to raise awareness of cruise travel as a catalyst for positive change,” said Donnie Brown, CLIA’s vice president of maritime policy.
“CLIA’s cruise line members have contributed to this change through initiatives that protect the environment, create sustainable communities where our ships visit and build economic prosperity and jobs.”
The cruise industry has had the most impact on six of the sustainable development goals, including:
#7 Affordable and Clean Energy: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all – Cruise lines place a high priority on energy efficiency as part of their environmental protection programmes. Innovative investments include energy-efficient design standards to achieve a 30% reduction in new ship CO2 emissions by 2025, hull paints with special non-toxic coatings that reduce fuel consumption by up to 5%, energy-saving LED lights, higher efficiency appliances and solar panel installation to provide emissions-free energy. Cruise line research and investments in alternative fuels for future applications advance the development and availability of new energy solutions.
#8 Decent Work and Economic Growth: Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all – The global cruise industry contributes about $120 bill annually, supporting almost 1 mill full-time jobs and employing around 200,000 seafarers. CLIA members employ world-class crews and provide a rewarding employment experience with crew retention rates of up to 80%.
#9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure: Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialisation and foster innovation – CLIA remains an ardent supporter of seaport infrastructure across the globe. The port community is critical in transporting people and goods worldwide. Viable ports are critical to the cruise industry as they ensure the efficient, seamless processing and travel experience for the nearly 26 mill passengers who will cruise globally this year. The entire cruise industry realises the impact the port industry has on cruising, job creation and the communities it serves, and remains committed to maintaining resilient port infrastructure.
#11 Sustainable Cities and Communities: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable – Cruise lines are dedicated to the protection and preservation of the more than 1,000 communities their ships visit. This includes strict adherence to environmental best practices, regulations, mandatory industry policies to protect oceans, air and wildlife and the unique social and cultural fabric of destinations.
#13 Climate Action: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts – CLIA members use a multi-faceted approach to reduce cruise ship air emissions, working to develop cutting edge, sustainable environmental innovations and practices. Through constant innovation and new technologies, cruise lines can reduce sulfur oxides emissions by as much as 98%. CLIA members supported the development and implementation of the first ever global and legally binding greenhouse gas reduction regime for an entire international industry sector.
#14 Life Below Water: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development – CLIA played a leadership role at the IMO in the creation of the Ballast Water Management Convention to address the transfer of aquatic organisms and pathogens in ballast water. The Convention makes ballast water management more environmentally friendly through the establishment of regulations and guidelines, which reduce the risk of introducing non-indigenous organisms to environments. Above and beyond international regulatory requirements, CLIA members are also committed to not discharge untreated sewage anywhere in the world.