Carnival’s Sustainability Report Highlights Commitment to LNG

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AIDAprima 2017Carnival Corporation & plc, the world’s largest leisure travel company, today released its 2016 sustainability report. The report details the company’s sustainability efforts and the progress made in 2016 toward its 2020 sustainability performance goals. It acknowledges the company’s commitment to Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) as a marine fuel.

In 2015, Carnival Corporation announced its 2020 sustainability goals, establishing 10 goals for reducing its environmental footprint while enhancing the well-being of its guests and crew members and promoting sustainable business practices. The 2016 report and associated website, Sustainability from Ship to Shore, confirm the company is ahead of schedule on reducing its carbon intensity and is on track to meet its additional sustainability goals during the next three years across its 10 cruise brands.

“We take our commitment to sustainability and the environment very seriously and take proactive measures to ensure that sustainability is ingrained in the core of our business practices,” said Bill Burke, chief maritime officer for Carnival Corporation.

Seven New Ships with LNG Dual-Fuel Engines
AIDAprima bunkers LNG in Hamburg

AIDAprima bunkers LNG in Hamburg

Notable progress made by Carnival Corporation in 2016 that is highlighted in the report includes being ahead of schedule in achieving a 24.8 percent reduction in CO2e (equivalent carbon dioxide) relative to the 2005 baseline; pioneering the use of LNG (liquefied natural gas) as a marine fuel; and introducing the first cruise ship ever fueled with LNG from trucks while in port.

The report states: “We are working to reduce the intensity of CO2e emissions from our operations by 25% by 2020 relative to our 2005 baseline, measured in grams of CO2e per ALB-km.”[1] Switching from marine diesel to LNG will reduce emissions of sulfur dioxide completely, particulate matter by 95-100%, nitrogen oxides by 85% and carbon by 25%. The ALB-km rate has dropped from 274 in 2014 to 261 in 2016 across the entire fleet.

As part of the company’s commitment to reduce air emissions and improve air quality in the environments where its ships visit, Carnival Corporation pioneered the use of LNG with the introduction of the AIDAprima in 2016. AIDAprima is the first cruise ship in the world with a dual-fuel engine that can be powered 100% by LNG while in port and at sea. The company will continue its efforts to pioneer use of this clean-burning fuel with seven next-generation ships on order that will be powered by LNG. The company also signed an agreement with Shell Western LNG B.V. to supply LNG.

Source: Carnival Corporation & plc

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Editor Note [1]: Available lower berth (ALB) is a measure of the standard capacity of a cruise ship, usually assuming two people per available cabin. 

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