Royal Caribbean Group released its 2021 sustainability report on Friday.
This is the 14th annual sustainability report that Royal Caribbean has made public, and it outlines the company’s environmental policies.
This report provides a comprehensive update of Royal Caribbean’s environmental, social and governance (ESG) actions and activities across all of the company’s brands: Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Silversea Cruises.
This year, for 2021, Royal Caribbean Group has reworked its ESG report to further reflect the company’s efforts to create more sustainable cruising within the industry. The report focuses on five areas where Royal Caribbean Group is working specifically for sustainability. These five areas include: defending communities and the environment; provide unforgettable cruise experiences; promoting human rights and being an employer of choice; advancing net zero innovation; and govern responsibly.
Jason Liberty, CEO of Royal Caribbean Group, said, “All of us at Royal Caribbean Group are focused on providing the best vacation possible and doing so responsibly. This reflects our commitment to continuous innovation and building a sustainable cruise industry while growing our business for good.
The launch of the 2021 Sustainability Report follows Royal Caribbean Group’s announcement of its commitment to an additional five-year partnership with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).
“Much of what the Royal Caribbean Group has achieved has involved collaborators and partners. One of the most important is the World Wildlife Fund. WWF’s advice on key sustainability issues has added rigor and responsibility across many facets of the business, including sustainable tourism, sourcing and reducing emissions.The company is currently embarking on a new set of co-developed goals involving reducing food waste WWF is familiar with the ecology and environmental characteristics of many of the company’s destinations,” said William K. Reilly, chairman of the Royal Caribbean’s Safety, Environment, Sustainability and Health Committee. Group.
The ESG report for 2021 highlights Royal Caribbean Group’s efforts to become increasingly energy efficient. Some of the ways Royal Caribbean Group details its energy efficiency include:
- Capturing waste heat from the engine to heat the water for the shower and the kitchen.
- CO2 and occupancy based ventilation controls to optimize AC fan power consumption.
- Advanced emissions purification system to treat and clean exhaust gases.
- LED and fluorescent lights to reduce energy consumption and produce less heat.
- AI-based weather routing to optimize time, route, speed and distances traveled.
- Chiller and HVAC upgrades to reduce energy consumption.
- Shorepower connects to the local power grid when docked and completely eliminates emissions.
- Kitchen energy management system, including demand-based ventilation, to compare equipment energy consumption.
- Optimized power plant design for better synchronization with the operational profile of the vessel.
- Improved hull with anti-foundation paint and redesigned propulsion system. – Air lubrication system to reduce drag and increase fuel efficiency.
The 2021 ESG Report highlights Royal Caribbean Group’s decarbonization efforts, including through the company’s Destination Net Zero strategy. This strategy aims to identify science-based targets (SBT) and achieve net zero emissions by 2050. Such strategies will help the company identify its targets and achieve its sustainability goals.
Destination Net Zero has demonstrated Royal Caribbean Group’s focus on serving as a focal point for change within the industry, with developments that include the following:
- Introducing a fuel cell hybrid design that enables zero emissions in every port where ships dock.
- Future-proofing the company’s shipbuilding portfolio through fuel flexibility and innovation that ensures each new class of ships launched by Royal Caribbean is 20% more energy efficient than the last.
- Develop waste management technologies that can convert waste into energy. Currently, 100% of Royal Caribbean’s fleet is equipped to avoid clogging landfills.
- Be ready, thanks to shore power, to connect to local power grids as soon as it becomes available.
Other areas that Royal Caribbean Group is working towards are: sustainable business development and growth, sustainable tourism, waste management and the continued reduction of carbon emissions.
Some additional statistics published in Royal Caribbean’s report include:
- “We have reduced our waste to landfill by 87% between 2007 and 2021.”
- “We have eliminated single-use plastic condiment wrappers, cutlery and shopping bags. We have now reduced our single-use plastics by 60% since the start of the initiative. »
- “We protect destinations by offering over 2,000 GSTC-certified sustainable tours around the world.”
- “We have granted $21 million in relief funds in 78 countries.”
To read Royal Caribbean Group’s 2021 Sustainability Report and learn more about the company’s sustainable cruise efforts, readers can visit: www.royalcaribbeangroup.com/sustainability