We continue to make progress on the majority of our environmental 2020 sustainability goals. These goals include:
- reducing emissions
- installing exhaust gas cleaning systems (EGCS)
- increasing cold ironing capacity
- increasing advance waste water purification system (AWWPS) capacity
- increasing water efficiency and reducing waste
FY2016 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.
- A unique and holistic maintenance and energy efficiency agreement with Wärtsilä designed to lower diesel engine maintenance costs and increase engine efficiency.
On December 1, 2016, Princess Cruises, one of our brands entered into a plea agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice with respect to environmental violations of federal laws by the Caribbean Princess. For further details please visit: www.princess.com/news/notices_and_advisories/cbresponse
Environmental Performance Data Assurance
We continue to expand third party assurance of our environmental data to include additional environmental indicators. For further details, refer to the Assurance Statement.
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. 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, Security & Sustainability 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.
There are multiple drivers of our strategy, including regulatory changes, stakeholder influence 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 risks.
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, each brand has 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.