Carnival Corporation has confirmed it is on pace to achieve an 18% reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emission intensity in 2024 against 2019 levels, just a few points shy of its 20% reduction goal originally slated for 2030
By the end of the year, the company expects to have reduced its GHG emission intensity by 42% on a lower berth capacity basis since its first benchmark in 2008.
Carnival also expects this performance to put it ahead of the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) 2030 carbon intensity reduction timeline.
The announcement follows the cruise conglomerate’s decision last year to accelerate its 2030 GHG intensity reduction goal by four years, committing to at least a 20% cut on a lower berth capacity basis by 2026 against 2019 levels.
Carnival Corporation is producing 10+% less total GHG emissions today than its peak historical year in 2011, despite increasing capacity by roughly 30%.
The organisation is executing on two paths to achieve these reductions, the first being using less fuel by implementing several energy-saving innovations such new HVAC systems, LED and smart lighting technologies and remote monitoring improvements which reduce fuel usage by 5-10% per ship.
Carnival Corp continuing to invest in communities
Carnival Corp also operates nine liquefied natural gas (LNG)-capable ships with two more on order, delivering immediate GHG reductions, reducing direct carbon emissions by up to 20%, almost eliminating sulfur dioxides and reducing emissions of nitrogen oxides and particulate matter.
“The company continues to invest significantly in its deep-rooted commitment to protecting its communities, vibrant marine ecosystems, and scenic spaces,” a spokesperson said.
“This includes ongoing reductions in GHG emissions from its operations and its strategy to pursue net zero emissions from ship operations by 2050 as part of its long-term sustainability vision and commitment to leading the way in sustainable cruising.”