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CLIA urges governments to expedite sustainable fuel production


CLIA has called on international governments to increase the production of sustainable marine fuels to help the cruise industry reach its ambitious 2030 decarbonisation goals

During its European Summit in Genoa, CLIA estimated that 44,000 tonnes of sustainable fuel will be needed in Europe by 2025 if the industry is to reach its decarbonisation targets set by the EU.

According to the association, 55 cruise ships are on order representing an investment of €33.9 billion for the next five years, and while investments in ship technology continue, the availability of sustainable marine fuels at scale is the “missing piece in the puzzle”.

CLIA is calling on governments to help accelerate the transition by setting more ambitious production targets, particularly for synthetic and biofuels.

Collaboration with governments ‘critical’, says CLIA global chair

Jason Liberty, global chair of CLIA said: “The cruise industry is making enormous investments to lay the foundation for a future of low-to-zero carbon fuels.

“Collaboration with our industry’s global leaders and change makers is critical to ensure that sustainable marine fuels are available, affordable, and scalable. We look forward to strengthening our partnerships with ports, governments, and communities to fully realise the green transition of the maritime sector.”

CLIA is also calling for governments to reinvest the revenues received from maritime as part of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme to fund the necessary infrastructure and support deployment of renewable energy solutions at an accessible price.

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