Carnival Corporation released its eighth annual sustainability report, announcing that in 2017 the world’s largest leisure travel company achieved its 25 percent carbon reduction goal three years ahead of its 2020 sustainability projections. The company has reported that it achieved a 26.3% reduction in its carbon footprint as part of its goal to reduce the impact on the environment contained in its 2020 sustainability program.
It should be noted that the company shared its 2020 sustainability goals in 2015, identifying 10 objectives that include reducing its carbon footprint, improving the air emissions of ships, reducing of waste, improving the efficiency of water use and supporting the guests, crew and local communities.
In this way, the company’s latest sustainability report also shows that it is on track to reach those goals in its nine global cruise brands.
Carnival highlighted that 62% of the fleet is equipped with Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems (EGCS), capable of reducing sulfur compounds and particles in the engine exhaust of ships in any operational state of the ship; 43% of the fleet is equipped with the ability to use electric power on land while the ship is docked; increase in the coverage of the capacity of the entire fleet by 6.2 percentage points with respect to 2014.
In addition, Carnival Corporation achieved a reduction of non-recycled waste generated by onboard operations by 3.7% compared to the 2016 baseline, and sent 79% of US food and municipal waste to one facility that captured the energy from the waste; and improved water use efficiency in onboard operations by 4% over the 2010 baseline, at a rate of 60 gallons per person per day, versus the national average of 90 gallons per person per day.
“We recognize that to be a responsible global organization and good corporate citizen, we need to have sustainability ingrained in all aspects of our operation across our nine global cruise line brands and more than 100 ships,” said Bill Burke, chief maritime officer for Carnival Corporation, whose nine global cruise line brands include Carnival Cruise Line, Cunard, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises and Seabourn.