Carnival Corporation’s AIDAnova was the first cruise ship in the world to use the low-emission LNG fuel (Image: Carnival Corporation)
Carnival Corporation has joined the Getting to Zero Coalition, an alliance of organisations from the maritime, energy, infrastructure and finance sectors committed to the decarbonisation of international shipping. The company is the first from the cruise sector to join the partnership.
The Getting to Zero Coalition was launched at the United Nations Climate Action Summit in September 2019, bringing together the Global Maritime Forum, the Friends of Ocean Action and the World Economic Forum.
The alliance is aligned with the International Maritime Organization’s strategy to reduce shipping’s greenhouse gas emissions by a minimum of 50% by 2050. The meet this goal, the Getting to Zero coalition aims to develop commercially viable zero-emission deep sea vessels by as early as 2030. The group of over 80 companies is also working to create scalable infrastructure for zero-carbon energy sources, including production, distribution, storage and bunkering.
"We look forward to working with fellow coalition partners to develop a roadmap that identifies the technologies, investments and actions we must pursue to begin introducing zero-emission vessels into the global shipping and passenger fleet," said Tom Strang, senior vice president of maritime affairs for Carnival Corporation. “We have a deep commitment to safety, environmental responsibility and consistently exceeding guest expectations, and being an active part of the Getting to Zero Coalition is another important step for the environment."
As part of Carnival Corporation’s plan to reduce its carbon emissions, 11 new ships fuelled by LNG are scheduled to join its fleet up to 2025. This month, the company launched the LNG-powered Costa Smeralda, following the 2018 debut of the world’s first cruise ship to use LNG, AIDA Cruises’ AIDAnova.
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