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Nearly 60% of Cruise Baltic members introduced sustainability initiatives last year

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Tallinn's solar-powered cruise terminal
Almost 60% of Cruise Baltic members have introduced new sustainability measures, according to the Cruise Baltic Sustainability Report 2021.

The actions in the report relate to economic-, social- and environmental sustainability.

For instance, in Gothenburg buses were restricted to those offering low emissions only plus shuttle bus stops were widely dispersed to prevent crowding while in Copenhagen the focus was on increasing onshore spending.

A new cruise terminal powered by solar panels was installed in Tallinn and in Rostock-Warnemünde, onshore power supply was made available.

Developed during the pandemic

‘Sustainability has many facets and for the cruise industry to be sustainable, we must take all of these aspects into account,’ remarked Claus Bødker, director, Cruise Baltic. ‘Many of our partners have spent the time during the pandemic well by developing great initiatives within both social, economic and environmental sustainability.'

He went on to add that ‘many great initiatives saw the light of day in 2021’ showing the network has ‘taken yet another step towards our vision of making cruising a sustainable vacation in 2030.’

In 2021, 19 of the destinations in the Cruise Baltic network presented new initiatives, supporting the aspiration.

'Significant' changes to come

‘Due to the COVID-19 situation, some things also had to be postponed but this simply means that many significant things are ahead of us in 2022,’ Bødker concluded.