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Carnival hits remaining 2020 sustainability goals – in 2019

In its newly released 2019 sustainability report, Carnival Corp. said it had achieved its remaining 2020 sustainability targets last year and also established new 2030 sustainability goals, including a Paris Agreement-aligned commitment to cut its carbon emissions by 40%.

Carnival first defined its 2020 sustainability goals in 2015, identifying 10 key objectives, including reducing its carbon footprint, improving the fleet’s air emissions, reducing waste generation, improving water use efficiency, and supporting guests, crew members and local communities.

The company’s latest sustainability report, Sustainability from Ship to Shore, details progress made in 2019 to achieve and exceed those goals, while defining an initial set of sustainability commitments beyond 2020.

Progress includes achieving a 29.1% reduction in CO2e intensity relative to 2005 baseline, which is an additional improvement beyond reaching the company’s original goal of 25% reduction in carbon intensity in 2017.

At the end of 2019, 47 of Carnival’s ships also featured the ability to use shoreside electric power while docked, with the vessels able to connect at 12 global cruise ports equipped with the technology, further reducing air emissions in ports.

Bill Burke, chief maritime officer for Carnival Corporation, commented on the company’s sustainability strategy: ‘At the core of our company-wide sustainability efforts are our top priorities as a corporation, which are compliance, environmental protection, and the health, safety and well-being of our guests, the communities we visit and our crew.

‘The annual sustainability report is critical to providing our stakeholders with a transparent view of our progress against key metrics and demonstrating our commitment to protecting the environment, supporting communities and being compliant everywhere we operate in the world. As we look toward the future, we will continue to innovate and invest in sustainable initiatives to support compliance and sustainable tourism.

Carnival’s full 2019 sustainability report can be accessed here

Lesley Bankes-Hughes

Lesley Bankes-Hughes