Havila Voyages has published its first sustainability and human rights report.
This outlines he company’s goals to reach carbon neutrality by 2028 and for an emission-free coastal route by 2030, which is achievable with the current fleet, Havila claimed.
“Last year, we made history as the world’s first cruise company to sail into the Geirangerfjord UNESCO World Heritage site emission-free and silently, four years before the Norwegian government’s requirement for emission-free ferries and ships in the World Heritage areas comes into effect,” CEO Bent Martini, said.
“This is clear proof of our ambitions. We look forward to continuing our journey and doing our part to make tourism and shipping more sustainable,” he added.
Martini also said that Havila Voyages intends to become both carbon neutral and achieve zero emissions in the future.
“It starts with gradually replacing natural gas with biogas, and the goal is to be carbon-neutral by 2028. After that, we will switch to emission-free fuel alternatives, such as hydrogen, and the goal is zero emissions by 2030 – with the ships we have today,” he said.
Another goal set by Havila Voyages was to reduce on board food waste and produce only 75 grams of food waste per person per day. The company’s food concept includes serving all meals à la carte and using locally sourced and short-travelled ingredients.
“Meeting our target of 75 grams of food waste across four fully operational ships, means we can reduce food waste by 60 tonnes per year, by not using buffets.
“It is therefore very gratifying to report that this year we successfully achieved our goal and collect only 71 grams of food waste per person per day on board.
“We have accomplished this thanks to the fantastic efforts of those who have developed our food concept, those who prepare and serve the food on board, and, not least, our guests who are made aware of the concept. And no one leaves our restaurants hungry,” he said.
In addition, Havila Kystruten reported a high degree of waste sorting and effective circular use of resources on its ships.
The ships, which are fitted with battery packs that enable emission-free and silent operation for four hours at a time, are the most environmentally friendly vessels to have sailed the historic coastal route Bergen/Kirkenes/Bergen.
With current operations, CO2 emissions are reduced by 35-40%, and local emissions, such as NOx and SOx, are reduced by over 90%, compared to equivalent ships using traditional fossil fuels.
“We believe that our sustainable approach to coastal tourism and our focus on climate and the environment are a positive contribution to the transition to a zero-emission society. We look forward to continuing our journey and doing our part to make tourism and shipping more sustainable socially and environmentally.
“These reports help our investors, partners, employees, and customers learn more about our business and how we will continue to develop an inclusive and environmentally conscious company. Together, we will lead the way towards a greater focus on sustainability, and we aim to be among the first to achieve zero emissions,” Martini concluded.