2020 Goal & Update

Carbon Footprint

Reduce the intensity of CO2e (equivalent carbon dioxide) emissions from our operations by 25% by 2020 relative to our 2005 baseline, measured in grams of CO2e per ALB-km.

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By the end of FY2017, we surpassed our goal two years ahead of schedule by achieving a 26.3% reduction relative to our 2005 baseline.

AWWPS Technology

Increase Advanced Waste Water Purification System (AWWPS) coverage of our fleet wide capacity by 10 percentage points by 2020 relative to our 2014 baseline.

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We increased fleet wide capacity coverage of Advanced Waste Water Purification Systems (AWWPS) by 6.2 percentage points compared to our 2014 baseline.

FY2017 Biodiversity Performance

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Fathom’s guests joined local community members on highly impactful sustainability projects in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic. Some of the projects impacting biodiversity included:

  • Reforestation and Nurseries
  • Cacao and Women’s Chocolate Cooperative
  • Water Filter Production
  • Coffee Experience

For more details on these projects and for overall Fathom projects visit www.fathom.org

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The Nature Conservancy Partnership

We continued our partnership with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) with a $2.5 million financial commitment over a five year period, which started in 2014. Our partnership is creating a sustainable future for the world’s oceans by creating the innovative tools and resources needed to engage stakeholders and balance economic development with ocean protection efforts through the
Mapping Ocean Wealth (MOW) initiative.

  • Supported MOW’s nomination for the World Travel & Tourism Council – Tourism for Tomorrow award.

We congratulate TNC on winning this award in 2017. For further information please visit

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Farm Animals:

  • We continue to work on expanding our sourcing of cage free eggs. Our goal is to be 100% cage free by 2025.
  • We committed to aligning to welfare standards for broiler chicken by 2024.

Tour Operators:

  • We partnered with The Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) to help us ensure we are responsibly managing excursions involving animals. We are leveraging their global welfare guidelines for animals in tourism.
  • We identified a third party auditor to audit attractions involving animals.
  • Starting in 2018, we will commence audits on all dolphin in captivity tour encounters used by our brands.
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In 2017, we sponsored the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force’s Healthy Reefs for a Healthy Economy meeting to promote marine conservation. For details visit: www.coralreef.gov/meeting38/#presentations

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2017 European Union Our Oceans Conference – Malta

Carnival Corporation was invited to participate in the EU Our Oceans conference in Malta in October 2017. David Dingle, the Chairman of Carnival UK, represented Carnival as part of the climate change session. He presented on our efforts to pioneer Liquefied Natural Gas in the cruise industry as part of our approach to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The Our Oceans conference seeks public commitments to actions that will reduce marine pollution, manage aquatic resources sustainably, mitigate climate change and establish marine sanctuaries. Mr. Dingle’s and other presenters’ speeches can be viewed at: https://ec.europa.eu/avservices/video/player.cfm?ref=I144415

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We continue to support conservation programs at the ports we own and operate. These ports include Puerta Maya, Cozumel, Mexico; Grand Turk Cruise Center, Turks & Caicos Islands; Amber Cove Cruise Center, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic; and Mahogany Bay Cruise Center, Roatán, Honduras. The following is a summary of our main port conservation accomplishments in 2017:

  • Coastal Cleanup Project: since 2014 the Mahogany Bay Cruise Center adopted the Brick Bay community and has organized annual clean-ups. In 2017, approximately 2,360 bags containing waste and debris were collected.
  • Composting project: since 2014, Mahogany Bay has used all waste generated from gardening maintenance to create compost heaps. The compost material is then reused as fertilizer and soil in the different gardens found in the port facility. In 2017, approximately seven metric tons of compost material was generated.
  • Ponds for local wildlife: In 2017, seven ponds were constructed throughout the different gardens and the nature trail located within the port premises to provide water for the local wildlife such as Agoutis (endemic species), armadillos, birds and others.
  • Continued rainwater collection program as part of the port’s water efficiency initiative: This program incorporates collected and treated rain water into the port’s water system to minimize the demand on the local water supply. This program is fully implemented in Amber Cove Cruise Center, Puerta Maya and Mahogany Bay Cruise Center. Amber Cove and Puerta Maya use the treated rain water for toilet flushing. Mahogany Bay uses the treated rainwater to supplement their potable water needs. All rain water is collected and treated on the port premises using port water treatment systems.

Our Commitment

To minimize our impact on biodiversity, we work diligently to manage our waste responsibly, protect marine life and collaborate with our supply chain to ensure ethical practices. We also implement systems and new technologies to minimize waste water discharges and improve the quality of our air emissions. Furthermore, we partner with conservation and protection organizations in order to support programs and initiatives related to our operation.

Our Strategy

Our strategy includes a number of elements that collectively help to prevent, manage and lessen our impact on biodiversity. Within our supply chain, we work with suppliers on sustainable food sourcing and our tour operators on sustainable animal welfare practices. We have also included a sustainability section within our Business Partner Code of Conduct and Ethics and Tour Operator manual that focuses on environmental protection. In addition, every year we organize coastal cleanups with some of the communities at various ports of call we visit. These clean-ups remove waste and debris from marine ecosystems.

Because of our direct dependency on the health of the oceans, we have developed and implemented marine mammal protection programs and training. In particular, we have developed a comprehensive whale strike prevention training program and follow reporting requirements prior to entering the Right whale sensitive and protected areas for North Atlantic and North Pacific Right whales. These species are listed in the IUCN’s Red List, which is the Global Reporting Initiative’s designated list for threatened species.

We comply with or exceed international, national and local environmental laws and regulations everywhere our ships sail. We also implement operational requirements that exceed compliance with regulations. As part of our strategy, we also partner with organizations that are critical for marine conservation and research. Since 2014, we partnered with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) with a $2.5 million financial commitment over a five year period. TNC is one of the world’s leading conservation organizations, working across all sectors of industry and society to help advance its mission to protect the natural world and develop relationships that best align to produce clear conservation benefits with lasting, measurable outcomes. Our partnership is supporting TNC’s Mapping Ocean Wealth (MOW) program. This program creates maps that show the extent and distribution of benefits that habitats like coral reefs and mangroves provide, including fish production, flood mitigation, erosion control and recreation.