April 22, 2014
“CLIA member cruise lines continue to invest in systems and technologies that improve overall environmental performance,” said Christine Duffy, president and CEO of CLIA. “The industry takes its responsibility as caretakers of the environment seriously. We work collaboratively with regulators, design and engineering experts and a range of stakeholders to raise the bar on our ongoing efforts to preserve and protect the oceans and the nearly 600 ports our member cruise lines visit.”
Following are examples of steps that cruise lines have taken to protect the environment:
- advanced wastewater treatment systems producing clean water
- new technologies that help to reduce air emissions (exhaust gas scrubbers, more efficient engines)
- using shore power where feasible
- energy conservation (LED lighting, high efficiency appliances, cabins heated by recycled hot water, special window tinting to use less air conditioning)
- ecological, non-toxic, slick hull coatings that increase energy efficiency and reduce air emissions
Cruise Line Recycling Highlights:
- increased non-hazardous waste recycled to shore by 18% and reduced total waste almost 5%
- recycled nearly 53% of the solid waste
- 1,254 tons of cardboard, 2,517 tons of scrap metal, 2,988 tons of glass, 669 tons of plastic and managed 748 tons of trash and international garbage at Waste-to-Energy (WTE) facilities
- over 52,000 gallons of used cooking oil annually
These are just some samples of what individual cruise lines or family of brands have accomplished in 2013. The press release provides many more examples and additional details about how cruise lines have made a positive impact on the world.
The cruise industry is highlighting how its member lines are safeguarding the oceans and the environment through the recently launched ‘Cruise Forward’ industry-wide communications initiative. Specific examples of how cruise lines across the globe are actively working to reduce the overall environmental impact of cruising and preserve and protect pristine oceans, beaches and ports can be found online at www.cruiseforward.org.