Cruise & Ferry Review - Autumn/Winter 2022

1 0 8 INTERV IEW Building in sustainability MSC Cruises’ Linden Coppell gives Susan Parker an insight into why there is a growing demand for the cruise industry to introduce a sustainable shipbuilding framework and certification process MSC Cruises is currently constructing two new cruise terminals – one in Miami, Florida, and the other in Barcelona, Spain. Both have been built to the US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification standards. According to Linden Coppell, MSC Cruises’ vice president of sustainability and environmental, social and governance, this has provided the cruise operator with a vital opportunity to learn how it can replicate some of the good building and performance practices onboard its fleet of ships. “We have become very familiar with LEED and BRE Group’s Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) certifications as we have invested significantly in these for our cruise terminal buildings,” she says. “We comprehensively understand the need for improved energy efficiency and the effective management of water consumption and waste disposal, as well as the vital role they play in environmental and sustainable profiles. These are all factors that are also intrinsically part and parcel of our newbuilds programme when we get to the design stage.” MSC Cruises already has a range of systems in place onboard its ships that are aligned with many environmental standards for buildings on land. However, Coppell believes that the cruise industry should create its own standards too. “There is an argument to be made that says the cruise industry could have a formalised framework to mirror structures like LEED, and this is something that we have already discussed with BREEAM,” “ We comprehensively understand the need for improved energy efficiency” MSC Cruises has incorporated various environmentally friendly solutions and technologies into its new terminal at PortMiami to ensure it will achieve LEED certification