Cruise & Ferry Interiors 2022

3 9 less environmentally impactful building products and processes. Improving energy efficiency and reducing emissions are key priorities for the passenger shipping industry and it continues to make rapid progress with these goals thanks to a clear legislative agenda, the financial muscle of major global corporations and new technologies that are making clean fuel a realistic ambition. Dialogue is happening about other environmental topics too, but discernible action is harder to follow – including in the construction of interior spaces. Yet when you start to dig a little deeper, a hitherto little-reported underground wave of activity is revealed. It is high time that this unheralded proactivity is celebrated, even if only within our industry. The supplier community needs to know that the landscape is changing to motivate it to invest in developing more sustainable products and services for this market, even though it can be more challenging than for other sectors due to the added burden of International Maritime Organization (IMO) regulatory requirements. Cruise and ferry companies have already proven their willingness to embrace innovation and deploy improvement solutions and it is clear that this commitment also extends to their interior design teams for both newbuild and refurbishment projects. Sustainable procurement Passenger shipping operators around the world are updating their procurement policies to ensure they prioritise more sustainable interior products. “ Living green has become a way of life, and the marine industry should lead this race” George Koumpenas, Celestyal Cruises Hornblower is contributing towards sustainable ferry operations with carpets that are made from recycled materials