Carnival joins Getting to Zero Coalition to decarbonise shipping

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Carnival Corporation has joined the Getting to Zero Coalition, an alliance of organisations across the maritime, energy, infrastructure and finance sectors committed to accelerating the decarbonisation of the international shipping industry.

Carnival is the first company in the cruise sector to join the coalition of over 80 global companies committed to the development of zero-emission vessels and fuel solutions that support the maritime industry’s goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from shipping.

“We look forward to working with fellow coalition partners in the maritime, energy and other related industries, as well as academics, think tanks and policymakers, to develop a roadmap that identifies the technologies, investments and actions we must pursue to begin introducing zero-emission vessels into the global shipping and passenger fleet,” said Tom Strang, senior vice president of maritime affairs for Carnival Corporation. “Across our nine brands, we host more than 12 million guests every year and visit over 700 ports of call around the world. The health and vitality of our oceans and seas, along with the hundreds of communities we visit across the globe, are absolutely essential to our business. We have a deep commitment to safety, environmental responsibility and consistently exceeding guest expectations, and being an active part of the Getting to Zero Coalition is another important step for the environment.”

The coalition’s goal aligns with the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from shipping by at least 50% by 2050 as compared to 2008 emissions.

To meet the target, the Getting to Zero Coalition aims to have technically feasible, commercially viable zero-emission deep-sea vessels (ZEVs) entering the global shipping fleet as early as 2030. The alliance also seeks to have a scalable infrastructure for zero-carbon energy sources, including production, distribution, storage and bunkering.

Supported by key governments and intergovernmental organisations (IGOs), the coalition represents global stakeholders from a variety of shipping-related industries such as fuel suppliers, engine manufacturers, marine classification societies, shipping companies, major ports and more.

Launched at the United Nations Climate Action Summit in September 2019, the Getting to Zero Coalition is a partnership among the Global Maritime Forum, the Friends of Ocean Action and the World Economic Forum. It builds on the call to action in support of decarbonisation launched in October 2018 at the Global Maritime Forum and signed by more than 70 companies from across the maritime industry, financial institutions and other stakeholders, as well as on the Poseidon Principles – a global framework for climate-aligned ship financing – launched in June 2019.

Carnival Corporation and its nine cruise line brands are committed to developing innovative solutions that support sustainability and environmentally friendly operations, as part of a broader corporate strategy that includes its commitment to further improve environmental compliance and performance.

In 2017, the company achieved its 25% carbon reduction goal three years ahead of schedule and is on track with its nine other 2020 sustainability targets for reducing its environmental footprint while enhancing the health, safety and security of its guests and crew members, and ensuring sustainable business practices among its brands, partners and suppliers.

As part of its strategic plan for carbon footprint reduction, the company is acquiring liquefied natural gas (LNG) to power cruise ships, with a total of 11 next-generation cruise ships joining the fleet through 2025. LNG power eliminates sulphur and significantly improves overall air emissions. Carnival Corporation launched the world’s first cruise ship powered by LNG, AIDAnova, in late 2018, followed by a second LNG ship, Costa Smeralda, earlier this month.

Carnival Corporation is also adopting advanced air quality systems, often referred to as exhaust gas cleaning systems, or “scrubbers.” As of July 2019, Advanced Air Quality Systems have been installed on more than 70% of the company’s fleet. The systems remove almost all of sulphur oxide emissions, 75% of all particulate matter and reduce nitrogen oxide emissions.

In addition, over 40% of the company’s fleet has “cold ironing” capabilities, enabling ships to use shoreside electric power where available while in port. The company has also implemented broad initiatives to optimise onboard energy use, innovative hull designs and coatings to reduce fuel consumption by minimising frictional drag.

Image: Carnival Corporation

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