Cruise Lines International Association has released its 2016 Environment Sustainability Report, detailing the state of the industry’s environmental initiatives and its “commitment to sustainable cruising.”
Protecting and preserving the environment is the right thing to do and it is fundamental to the long-term success of the cruise industry,” said CLIA President & CEO Cindy D’Aoust. “As the CLIA Sustainability Report demonstrates, our Cruise Line Members are committed to environmental best practices and policies that will ensure that cruise passengers have access to pristine oceans, clean air and beautiful destinations for generations to come.”
Highlights from the report include:
CLIA Cruise Line Members have invested over $1 billion in advanced emissions technologies and alternative fuels.
CLIA worked with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to develop mandatory measures for a 30% reduction in new ship CO2 emissions by 2025.
Some cruise ships recycle or repurpose nearly 100% of the waste generated on board — by reducing, reusing, donating, recycling and converting waste into energy.
Cruise ship waste management professionals recycle 60% more waste per person than the average person recycles on shore each day.
Cruise ships utilize ecological, non-toxic coatings on ship hulls to reduce fuel consumption by as much as 5%.
The cruise industry pioneered advanced wastewater treatment systems that can produce cleaner water than the wastewater systems of most coastal cities in the U.S.