MSC Cruises will offset all CO2 emissions from its fleet from 1 January 2020 making it the world’s first major global cruise line with carbon neutral marine operations.
Pierfrancesco Vago, executive chairman of MSC Cruises, said: “Our focus on innovation since we built our first cruise ships in 2003 ensures that we have one of the most modern fleets at sea as well as one of the highest environmentally performing. And, thanks to our long-term planning, this will allow us to already achieve a fleet-wide 29% reduction in carbon intensity (rate) by 2024 vs. 2008, well on our way to meet the 40% reduction target set for 2030.”
Liz Jarvis, editor of Cruise International, said: “We are absolutely delighted that MSC Cruises has taken the initiative with its commitment to carbon neutral marine operations and hope more cruise lines will quickly follow suit.
“We have one planet and it is up to all of us to look after it and protect it through responsible and sustainable travel.”
All direct carbon dioxide emissions from MSC Cruises’ fleet of 14 ships will be offset through a blend of carbon offset projects developed by leading international entities that take immediate action on greenhouse gas emissions. All costs for the offsets will be covered directly and in full by the company.
The pledge also forms part of MSC Cruises’ broader vision to support UN Sustainable Development Goals, as well as its continued investment in technology that will allow for zero-emissions ship operations.
Vago added: “We will work with leading providers in carbon credits able to offset CO2 emissions with the highest level of integrity. Our vision is to also invest in projects that provide quantifiable community benefits, protect the environment and support the UN Sustainable Development Goals.”
MSC Cruises made the announcement at the christening of its most environmentally advanced cruise ship yet, MSC Grandiosa.
It follows last week’s news that the LNG-powered fuel cells PACBOAT project will be hosted on board MSC Europa, the first of five LNG-powered ships due to join the cruise line’s fleet.
“Liz Jarvis added: “The British Cruise Awards 2020 will include a category for the cruise line that has shown the biggest commitment to tackling the climate emergency through green initiatives.”