CruiseCruise stakeholders push for sustainability at sea at CLIA European Summit 2022, the first event devoted to the decarbonisation of cruising.

Cruise calls for support on zero-emission goals

The global cruise industry has a vision to "become the most sustainable form of tourism."
The global cruise industry has a vision to "become the most sustainable form of tourism." Photo Credit: GettyImages/cookelma

As global cruising returns amid surging demand, government support in the form of the right regulatory frameworks and investments are needed for the cruise industry to adopt sustainable maritime fuels and technologies and achieve its goal of net-zero carbon cruising by 2050.

Such was the message that cruise industry leaders agreed on at the Cruise Lines International Association's (CLIA) recently concluded European Summit in Genoa.

The summit took place as CLIA’s membership in the Sustainable Fuel Alliance was confirmed. The alliance is focused on boosting production and supply of renewable and low-carbon fuels in the aviation and waterborne sectors and brings together organisations that share a vision for the future value chain of sustainable fuels.

During the European Summit, senior leaders discussed the industry's innovations and progress in its commitment towards decarbonisation, as well as key challenges, including investments in sustainable marine fuels supply and port infrastructure.

Delegates from cruise lines, shipyards, manufacturers, port operators and fuel producers discussed technologies aimed at reducing vessels' impact towards the environment, as well as solutions for alternative fuels to deliver zero-emission cruising. The capacity to produce renewable marine fuels at scale remains limited so the industry is lobbying governments for incentives and support to help secure the supply of future sustainable marine fuels.

Pierfrancesco Vago, executive chairman, MSC Cruises and global chair, CLIA, said: “Clear support from decision makers is needed to ensure that the right infrastructure is developed and is accessible, and that the right incentives can guarantee the development and delivery of sustainable maritime solutions.”

Vago added that CLIA had identified port infrastructure as a key area for much-needed public investment. Cruise lines have committed to use shoreside electricity (SSE), where offered by ports, and by 2027, 66% of the global fleet will be equipped to connect to SSE. Only a few cruise berths in European posts provide SSE, while the EU goal is for all main ports in the continent to be SSE-equipped by 2030.

Marie-Caroline Laurent, CLIA’s director general in Europe, shared the industry's vision "to become the most sustainable form of tourism," with reduced emissions both at sea and in port.

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