OPINION: The Facts about Cruise Lines’ Environmental Stewardship
By Bud Darr, Senior Vice President, Technical and Regulatory Affairs, Cruise Lines International Association
A recent opinion piece posted on National Geographic Voices made broad, inaccurate assertions about the environmental performance of cruise lines, with no scientific basis or facts to back-up the claims.
Although cruise lines represent only a tiny fraction of all vessels that traverse the seas, they are leaders in the maritime community in developing innovative technologies and best practices to preserve and protect oceans. Preservation of the oceans is seen by the cruise line industry as not only the right thing to do, but it is simply integral to the future of the industry.
Here are the facts:
–CLIA Member cruise lines are committed to the International Maritime Organization’s Energy Efficiency Design Index, which will require a 30% reduction in ships’ CO2 emissions by 2025 through the use of more energy-efficient and therefore less polluting equipment and engines.
–Members of the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) must certify annually their adherence to CLIA environmental policies, including a Waste Management Policy that exceeds current law and regulations.
- CLIA Members are never to discharge any untreated sewage, no matter where on earth they are. This is exceedingly more stringent than what current —> Read More Here