Sustainable Maritime Interiors - 2022 Report

24 1 Source: International Association of Classification Societies, IACS Vision and Mission Waste reduction in the cruise industry The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) says its member cruise lines and shipping industry partners have demonstrated a commitment to the development and implementation of environmentally responsible technologies, policies, and practices. The organisation says: “While cruise ships comprise less than 1 per cent of the global maritime community and the cruise industry has been one of the most acutely impacted industries by the global pandemic, cruise lines remain at the forefront in developing responsible environmental practices and innovative technologies, which benefit the entire shipping industry.” Environmental officers working on cruise ships have in some cases enabled the repurposing of 100 per cent of all waste generated onboard, by following five key methodologies: 1. Working with suppliers to reduce materials and use more sustainable materials 2. Improving the reusability of materials, such as opting for aluminium or reusable glass bottles over single-use plastics alternatives 3. Donating discarded materials to vulnerable communities throughout the world 4. M aximising recycling onboard by hand-sorting trash and storing the recyclable waste onboard in appropriate facilities until a recycling hub is reached 5. Converting waste into energy through numerous potential avenues, such as repurposing food waste into energy for onboard use and recycling hot water to heat passenger cabins. Source: CLIA, Environmental Commitment, Innovation and Results of the Cruise Industry Classification societies are seizing the opportunities that a move to greener tech brings, with industry body the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) working with regulators and industry on initiatives to “promote maritime safety, protection of the environment and sustainability, provide practical real-world guidance to regulators and industry, and appropriately address maritime safety and environmental concerns.”1 THE SUSTA INAB I LI T Y AGENDA