The cruise industry is committed to pursuing net-zero carbon cruising by 2050, and supports the long-term objectives of the EU Green Deal. By driving innovation through shipbuilding in Europe, the industry can help to enable European green growth, as set out in the Green Deal and EU recovery plans.
CLIA has joined the recently formed Renewable and Low-Carbon Fuels Value Chain Industrial Alliance (the Alliance). This initiative is a collaboration of stakeholders, and focuses on boosting the production and supply of renewable and low-carbon fuels in the aviation and maritime sectors. It is closely aligned with the FuelEU Maritime and RefuelEU Aviation initiatives.
The Alliance’s objective is to ensure that aviation and maritime transport have sufficient access to renewable and low carbon fuels to meet greenhouse gas emission targets by 2050. CLIA is representing the cruise industry which has committed to pursuing net-zero carbon cruising by 2050. Access to these renewable and low-carbon fuels is an essential element of our industry’s roadmap to achieving our objectives.
We welcome the International Maritime Organization’s approval to create a new Emission Control Area (ECA) in the Mediterranean Sea. This is a milestone on the way to a more sustainable shipping sector.
Once implemented in 2025, this means that ships in the ECA would have to meet stringent limits of sulphur oxide emissions (SOx) of no more than 0.1%, resulting in drop of nearly 79% in SOx emissions. This compares to 0.5% of allowable emissions outside the ECA.
The Mediterranean Sea ECA will be the fifth worldwide designated area, joining the areas of the Baltic Sea, North Sea, North America (covering designated coastal areas off the United States and Canada); and the United States Caribbean Sea (around Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands).
On 8 November, we published our 2021 Global Cruise Industry Environmental Technologies and Practices Inventory (ETP) and associated Environmental Report produced by Oxford Economics (OE). The annual report demonstrates the industry’s commitment to responsible tourism practices and our continued progress on the development and implementation of green maritime technologies.
Our vision is net-zero carbon cruising by 2050 and CLIA and our ocean-going members are investing in new technologies and cleaner fuels now to realise this ambition.
21 September 2021: A CLIA and EURACTIV debate on the need for innovation to achieve the EU and industry’s decarbonisation ambitions. Speakers included:
Roxana Lesovici, Cabinet Expert/Communications Adviser, Member of Adina Vălean’s Cabinet, European Commission (keynote speech)
Joaquim Nunes de Almeida, Director for Energy-intensive industries and mobility, DG GROW, European Commission
Dr Michele Acciaro, Associate Professor of Maritime Logistics, Kühne Logistics University (KLU).
Christophe Tytgat, Secretary General, Sea Europe
Ukko Metsola, Director General, CLIA Europe
A balanced and proportional regulatory framework for all economic sectors can pave the way to achieve the EU goal of net-zero carbon by 2050. Special attention should be given to assessing potential impacts on remote European coastal regions and islands that depend heavily on passenger shipping. CLIA is committed to contributing to the policy discussion, partnering with all actors to accelerate the development of alternative marine fuels that will be necessary for achieving the EU’s and CLIA’s decarbonisation ambitions.Read CLIA’s full statement on Fit for 55
Maikel Arts, General Manager, Market Innovation from marine technology manufacturer, Wärtsilä, explains how a flexible fuel strategy can help to create pathways to decarbonisation.
The port of Roenne is at the heart of ambitious plans to create a green bunker hub in the Baltic where ships will be able to refuel with sustainable fuels
CLIA supported a virtual debate organised by Euractiv on 21 September to discuss the EU Fit for 55 proposals and the importance of green maritime innovation.