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CLIA lines pledge to cut CO2 emissions 40% by 2030, from 2008 baseline

2019 Conference theme is the Next Generation
Cruise Lines International Association announced an industry commitment to reduce the rate of the global fleet's carbon emissions 40% by 2030, from a 2008 baseline.

Carbon-free shipping by end of the century

'We aspire to the International Maritime Organization’s vision of a carbon-free shipping industry by the end of the century,' said Arnold Donald, global CLIA chairman and president and CEO, Carnival Corp. & plc. 'Our commitment to a 40 percent reduction in the rate of emissions by 2030 is a strong first step toward realizing that vision.'

Annual progress reports

The commitment springs from a collaborative process. The 40% target will be measured against a 2008 fleet baseline, and emissions rates will be calculated based on total carbon emissions, total ship berths and total distance traveled. CLIA plans to report annually on progress toward the commitment.

Innovative technologies and design

While CLIA lines each have sustainability programs to reduce waste and preserve and protect the oceans, the commitment to cut CO2 is a significant initiative they're taking together. The reduction will be fueled by innovative technologies for energy efficiency in ship design and propulsion.

Cruising's first LNG-propelled ship, AIDAnova, was just delivered last week, and some 25 such cruise vessels could be operating by 2025. While LNG principally addresses pollution, there is a corresponding benefit of reducing carbon emissions.