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Carnival to Meet GHG Reduction Goal

Carnival cruise shipCruise line Carnival said it will meet its goal to reduce its rate of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from shipboard operations by 20 percent. 

Carnival and its 10 brand lines around the world have developed aggressive energy reduction and conservation initiatives, many of which exceed current laws and regulations, the company said.

Carnival has already reduced its emissions by more than 19 percent since 2005 and is likely to exceed the goal of 20 percent by 2015.

As a part of its air emission reduction initiatives announced in September 2013, Carnival has pioneered an industry-first effort to develop exhaust gas cleaning technology that removes pollutants from the exhaust gases at any operating condition of a ship – at sea, during maneuvering and in port.

Other environmental efforts include:

  • Continues to voluntarily install Advanced Waste Water Treatment Systems, and work on research and development for potential installations on new and existing ships.  Almost half of the company’s fleet (48 of 101 ships) has installed such systems.
  • Installed vessel shore power systems – known as “cold ironing” – on 20 percent of the company’s fleet to connect to a port’s electrical grid, significantly reducing air emissions at ports that have shore power capabilities.
  • In 2013, fuel consumption decreased by more than five percent since 2007.
  • An 18 percent increase in non-hazardous waste recycled from ships from 2011 to 2012.
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