Cruise lines set net zero goal for 2050

The international cruise industry has set a goal to reduce its carbon emissions to net zero by 2050.

the International Association of Cruise LinesCLIA Ocean Members (CLIA) are committed to pursuing net-zero carbon cruising by 2050, the industry body said in a statement on its website on Tuesday. The members have also undertaken to equip all ships calling at the ports with electrical installations on the quayside with electrical connections by 2035.

“We are reducing the carbon footprint of our ships at dock and at sea by investing in advanced environmental technologies and partnering with cities and ports for sustainable destination management,” CLIA said in the statement.

“By equipping cruise ships with the ability to connect electricity ashore and use it where available, the cruise industry is poised to eliminate emissions in port for the benefit of local communities.”

The cruise industry is the most visible segment of shipping to the general public, and therefore faces scrutiny of its green credentials against its share of the global fleet and comes under more pressure to reduce emissions than the other segments. Cruise and passenger ships occupy approximately 4% of global bunker demand.

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