CLIA cruise sustainability

Cruise sector highlights need for government support to meet decarbonisation targets

Cruise industry leaders have called on governments to support efforts to create sustainable maritime fuels and technologies necessary to achieve net-zero carbon cruising by 2050.

Speaking in Genoa at CLIA’s first European Summit devoted to the decarbonisation of cruise, MSC Cruises executive chairman & CLIA global chair Pierfrancesco Vago said that “clear support from decision makers is needed to ensure that the right infrastructure is developed and is accessible”.

Vago added: “The cruise industry shares a vision with European governments of a sustainable blue economy.

“The industry is stepping up and can deliver on our promises. Clear support from decision makers is needed to ensure that the right infrastructure is developed and is accessible, and that the right incentives can guarantee the development and delivery of sustainable maritime solutions.”

A panel of cruise lines, shipyards, manufacturers, port operators and fuel producers met at the conference to discuss potential alternative fuels and technologies to deliver zero-emission cruising.

According to CLIA, the “capacity to produce renewable marine fuels at scale remains very limited, with more focus on other transport modes”.

Therefore, the cruise industry has called for “adequate incentives and support mechanisms from governments to secure the supply of future sustainable fuels the maritime sector”.

Vago said during the conference that port infrastructure had been identified by CLIA as an important area where public finance investment is essential.

Cruise taking ‘robust’ action on decarbonisation

Cruise lines have committed to use shoreside electricity (SSE), where offered by ports, and 66 per cent of the global fleet will be equipped to connect to SSE by 2027.

At present, only a handful of cruise berths provide SSE in European ports, while the European Union goal is for all main ports in the continent to be equipped by 2030.

CLIA director general in Europe Marie-Caroline Laurent said: “The cruise industry has already taken firm and robust measures towards achieving its decarbonisation goals and, collectively, is committed to deliver.

“The cruise industry is powering European maritime industry innovation and is critical to help the EU to deliver the necessary step change towards decarbonisation.

“It is essential that we now need a clear legislative framework to encourage the investment and innovation that will be required for industry to achieve the 2030 EU Fit for 55 objectives and ultimately our 2050 ambitions.”

CLIAs membership of the Sustainable Fuel Alliance has also been confirmed.

This alliance is focused on boosting the production and supply of renewable and low-carbon fuels in the aviation and waterborne sectors.

 

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