MSC World Europa became the first LNG-powered ship to join MSC Cruises fleet in 2022
MSC Cruises has published its 2022 Sustainability Report, highlighting its progress in implementing more sustainable practices throughout the year.
The Sustainability Action Plan is focused on six priority workstreams, with progress on specific actions included in its Sustainability Report. The six areas align with the UN Sustainable Development Goals and include: transitioning to net zero emissions; local air quality; scrutinising resource use and waste; supporting our people; supporting sustainable destinations; and procuring sustainably.
According to the report, MSC has achieved a 33.5 per cent reduction in the carbon emissions intensity of its operations compared to 2008. This reduction coincided with the introduction of its first LNG-powered ship, MSC World Europa, which was also equipped with the first solid oxide fuel cell system onboard a large cruise vessel.
MSC introduced both MSC World Europa and MSC Seascape with shore power capability, while the cruise line also retrofitted two more existing ships. Additionally, the cruise line achieved a 9 per cent reduction in water consumption per guest day and increased waste segregation for recycling by 6.5 per cent compared to 2021.
“To ensure the appropriateness and continued relevance of our sustainability strategy and our Sustainability Action Plan, we are in ongoing dialogue with our employees, guests and key external stakeholders,” said Linden Coppell, vice president of sustainability and environmental, social and corporate governance for MSC Cruises. “Through this listening exercise, we can ensure that our current focus areas are appropriate and identify any new areas as they arise, while we closely monitor the progress on the six key pillars of our action plan.”