Royal Caribbean has taken a major step towards becoming a more environmentally-conscious company. The cruise line is teaming up with the Carbon Neutral Company to lower emissions by 50% and reduce its carbon footprint on land, air and water. Royal Caribbean aims for zero waste from 2020 onwards in order to be at net zero emissions of greenhouse gases by 2030.
The “us cruises” is a cruise line that has set its goal to be net zero carbon by 2035. The company will also be using recycled materials and installing solar panels on their ships.
The Royal Caribbean Group has established a new big objective for itself in its sustainability journey: Destination Net Zero.
A vow to set Science-Based Targets and attain net zero emissions by 2050 is included in the comprehensive decarbonization plan.
“We started out on a route to develop sustainability decades ago; our objective today is to accomplish carbon-free sailing over the next two decades,” said Royal Caribbean Group Chairman and CEO Richard Fain. “Today, we’re unveiling the most significant destination in our company’s history: Destination Net Zero, an ambitious plan to reduce emissions, safeguard our seas, and maintain the profitability of the hundreds of destinations that our customers and crew members care profoundly about.”
(Royal Caribbean Group provided this infographic.)
The corporation will set targets that will be verified by the Science Based Targets project, the first of its kind in the cruise industry, over the course of 18 to 24 months. Companies may use science-based objectives to determine how much and how rapidly they need to cut greenhouse gas emissions to help prevent global warming.
Key milestone targets will be established along the route. The delivery of a net zero cruise ship by 2035 is one of the most ambitious goals.
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The company’s commitment to accomplishing these objectives draws on its track record of producing highly efficient ships. The Royal Caribbean Group has constantly produced new ships that are 20-25 percent more efficient than their predecessors.
Royal Caribbean Group is already putting its approach into action, from Silversea Cruises’ “Project Evolution” — the industry’s first hybrid-powered ship slated to launch in summer 2023 — to a wind farm in Kansas that will offset up to 12 percent of the company’s scope 1 and 2 emissions every year.
Muse of Silver (Photo courtesy of Silversea Cruises)
The four-part strategy of Destination Net Zero is as follows:
- Modernization of its worldwide brands fleet with the addition of 13 new energy-efficient and alternative-fueled boats, including Silversea’s “Project Evolution.”
- Continued investment in its fleet’s energy efficiency projects, such as energy-saving devices, improved data systems, and digitalization
- Alternative fuel and power options are being developed.
- Strategic shore-based supply networks are better deployed and integrated.
“Destination Net Zero will help guide our decision-making in the years ahead, and it builds on Royal Caribbean Group’s continuous improvement mantra,” said Silvia Garrigo, the company’s chief environmental, social, and governance (ESG) officer. “While we may not have all the solutions right now, this comprehensive company-wide approach reinforces our commitment to long-term emissions reduction and gives a path for how to get there.”
Visit sustainability.rclcorporate.com to learn more about the Royal Caribbean Group’s sustainability efforts.
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