We achieved our carbon footprint goal ahead of schedule and continue to make progress on our environmental 2020 sustainability goals. These goals include:
- Reducing Emissions – by end of FY2017, we surpassed our 25% reduction goal two years ahead of schedule by achieving a 26.3% reduction relative to our 2005 baseline.
- Installing exhaust gas cleaning systems (EGCS).
- Increasing cold ironing capacity.
- Increasing advance waste water purification system (AWWPS) capacity.
- Increasing water efficiency.
- Reducing waste.
A detailed progress for each environmental goal can be found in the Energy & Emissions, Water Management, Waste Management and Biodiversity sections.
FY2017 Environmental Management Performance
We are leading the way to cleaner emissions from cruise ships with the support of and collaboration with key partners:
- A Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) supply agreement with Shell Western LNG B.V. for our new LNG-powered ships. In 2017, AIDAperla became the second cruise ship in the world to use LNG while in port. The first one was AIDAprima in 2016.
- A unique, long-term, collaborative partnership with Wärtsilä designed to improve the energy efficiency of our fleet of over 400 Wärtsilä engines.
- A continued partnership with EcoSpray to develop and install the most advanced exhaust gas cleaning systems at sea.
In 2013, individuals on one of our ships violated company policy and values. We took responsibility, signed a plea agreement, and began a five year Environmental Compliance Plan (ECP) on April 19, 2017. The ECP requires third-party audits and court-appointed oversight. For further details, please click here.
ENVIRONMENTAL OFFICER TRAINING
In 2017, a global training program was developed and implemented for all Environmental Officers (EO) fleet-wide. The annually required weeklong training course is conducted at Carnival’s Arison Maritime Center in the Netherlands. This program is designed to further develop EO environmental and technical knowledge and skills and to provide professional development opportunities to the over 200 EOs that support our fleet around the world.
IMO and Climate Change
We remain active and interested in the worldwide strategies and frameworks being designed and developed to address climate change and air emissions. Specific to the maritime industry, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) is the specialized agency of the United Nations responsible for regulating shipping. We participate in IMO meetings and working groups through our trade association, The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA). In 2017, IMO approved a roadmap for developing a comprehensive strategy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from ships in line with the COP21 (Paris Agreement). In accordance with this roadmap, an initial strategy for reducing GHG emissions from shipping is to be developed in 2018.
In accordance with certain United States Coast Guard and IMO Ballast Water Management Convention requirements, we are outfitting ships with ballast water treatment systems certified to meet both standards.
We are committed to protecting the environment. Through our Business Partner Code of Business Conduct and Ethics we communicate our expectations that our business partners will join us in following the same standards. Our impacts include our use of fuel, electricity, water and food; discharge of wastewater; generation and disposal of solid wastes; emissions from combustion and refrigeration equipment; and our diverse supply chain (see illustration on page 59 for more details). We recognize that some of these factors can affect the biodiversity of the areas where we operate. In this report we discuss the following aspects of our environmental footprint:
- Energy and Emissions
- Water Management
- Waste Management
Our environmental management strategy is based on the values and objectives set forth in our Health, Environment, Safety and Security (HESS) Policy and our 2020 sustainability goals. We carefully manage environmental activities and address environmental stewardship at every level of our organization.
In 2015, we reached a significant milestone in our sustainability journey by announcing 2020 sustainability goals to further drive, improve and support our strategies. Six of the ten sustainability goals focus on our environmental performance.
There are multiple drivers of our strategy, including regulatory changes, stakeholder influence, our dependence on fossil fuels and economic efficiencies specifically as it relates to our dependence on fossil fuels, technology, partnerships, transparency and communication.
We evaluate environmental risks, develop standards and procedures and put high emphasis on our associated environmental leadership and performance. In addition, our enterprise risk management program includes climate change and water risks.
We have consolidated our brand’s best HESS practices and procedures into a single corporate wide HESS management system to ensure a consistent approach across all our brands.
The management teams of our brands identify and manage environmental aspects and impacts, supervise the environmental performance of the ships and ensure compliance with environmental statutory requirements, best management practices and company environmental procedures. Most importantly, the dedicated ships’ Officers and crew carry out our policies and procedures on board.
In order to support our environmental strategies, our brands have implemented an Environmental Management System (EMS) in accordance with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Standard 14001 and some also have ISO 9001 Quality Management Systems. An independent, third-party organization audits and certifies the EMS of each of our brands in accordance with ISO 14001. We have also developed a greenhouse gas inventory management plan (GHG IMP) in accordance with the requirements of the ISO 14064-1:2006 and The Greenhouse Gas Protocol, which enables Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance Inc., our third-party GHG verifier, to certify our GHG emissions inventory to that standard.
Each ship in our fleet has a full-time Environmental Officer (EO), who oversees environmental compliance and implementation of procedures (for more details see the EO section in the Appendix).
We have invested in a number of environmental initiatives based on our impacts. We are also actively involved in research and development projects for our existing ships and for new ships under development. We have dedicated departments that evaluate technologies and new systems for installation throughout our fleet. These departments evaluate technical, regulatory, safety, environmental and operational aspects associated with the systems/ technologies. Among the challenges typically encountered when adapting shore-based technologies to shipboard use are adjustments for space, weight and access limitations, material standards, operating environment and regulatory approvals. All of these factors increase the complexity of projects to improve environmental technologies in the maritime environment. In order to expedite the process, ships within the fleet are regularly selected to test systems/ technologies and run pilot programs.
We partner with a variety of environmentally focused organizations. The goals of these partnerships vary depending on the type of organization. In particular, we have a marine conservation partnership with The Nature Conservancy since 2014. For information on these partnerships, visit Our Partners section in the Appendix of this report.