Carnival Reiterates Carbon Emission Commitment in Sustainability Report


  • Carnival Corporation & plc, the world’s largest cruise company, released its 10th annual sustainability report.
  • The company is committed to reduce the rate of carbon emissions by 40%.
  • Moreover, the company managed to reduce approximately 95 million single-use plastic items on board.
  • In order to adhere to requirements and company policies, a Chief Ethics and Compliance officer has been recruited.
  • The company spent around $2 million to deliver donated food and supplies for the victims of Hurricane Dorian.
  • Several news companies have recognized and awarded titles to the company for its diversified workforce and environment.

Carnival Corporation & plc is one of the world’s largest leisure travel companies with a portfolio of nine of the world’s leading cruise lines.

With operations in North AmericaAustraliaEurope and Asia, its portfolio features Carnival Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, Seabourn, P&O Cruises (Australia), Costa Cruises, AIDA Cruises, P&O Cruises (UK) and Cunard.

Based on the report published by Carnival Corporation,

the key highlights of the company’s 10th Annual Sustainability report are explained below.

Pathway to Decarbonization

 Decarbonization efforts of Carnival Corporation in 2019 included:

  • Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG): The company continued to pioneer the use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in the cruise industry by introducing the second LNG-powered ship for its global fleet.
  • Advanced Air Quality Systems: Carnival Corporation continued the installation and retrofitting of its global fleet with Advanced Air Quality Systems, which remove nearly all sulfur from ships’ engine exhaust, with over 77% of the company’s fleet equipped.
  • Fuel Cell Technologies: Carnival Corporation announced a joint venture project with a new generation of fuel cells for use in oceangoing passenger vessels, scheduled for 2021.
  • Battery Systems: The company’s AIDA Cruises brand signed an agreement with Corvus Energy, the world’s leading marine battery supplier, for the production and installation of a first-of-its-kind lithium-ion battery storage system on a cruise ship, expected to begin in 2021.

Operation Oceans Alive

Initiatives and efforts in 2019 included:

  • Reducing Single-Use Plastics: By the end of 2019, the company reduced the sourcing of approximately 95 million single-use plastic items and aims to further reduce its usage on board by 50% by the end of 2021.
  • Bio-Digester Technology: Carnival Corporation installed additional bio-digesters throughout the fleet, which efficiently breaks down food waste, significantly enhancing the ability to efficiently manage food waste on board.
  • Environmental Training: The company announced a partnership with the University of West Florida (UWF) to enhance its fleet-wide environmental officer training program, with the launch of an innovative and interactive Environmental Excellence course that consists of a virtual 23-day voyage. 

Commitment to Compliance

Key highlights from 2019 include:

  • Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer: In August 2019, Pete Anderson joined Carnival Corporation as chief ethics and compliance officer. his roles include:
      • Driving a culture of compliance and integrity to adhere to legal and statutory requirements and company policies.
  • Compliance Committees: The Boards of Directors established the compliance committees to oversee the ethics and compliance program, maintain regular communications with the chief ethics and compliance officer, and ensure implementation of the plan across the corporation.

Community Support & Engagement

In 2019, the company continued to engage in initiatives and partnerships for the benefit of local and global communities including:

  • Disaster Relief: Carnival Corporation pledged up to $2 million in funding and in-kind support for relief efforts and partnered with Tropical Shipping to collect and deliver an estimated 10 million pounds of donated food and supplies for The Bahamas following Hurricane Dorian.
      • Furthermore, they signed an MoU with the government to rebuild the damaged Rand Memorial Hospital, the primary hospital in Freeport.
  • Soap Initiative: The company’s Carnival Cruise Line brand partnered with Clean the World and Soap Aid, organizations that recycle hotel soap and hotel amenities. In addition, they will globally distribute more than 400,000 recycled clean bars of soap to people in need.
  • Sahara Forest Project: The company’s Costa Crociere Foundation joined forces with the Sahara Forest Project Foundation to promote social and environmental improvement and revegetate the desert in Jordan with sustainable technologies, by combining saltwater-cooled greenhouses, solar energy panels and different techniques for outdoor revegetation in dry areas.

Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity and inclusion efforts and accomplishments in 2019 include:

  • Recognitions:
      • The company was recognized by Newsweek on its inaugural list of America’s Most Responsible Companies
      • Recognitions from Forbes as one of America’s Best Large Employers and Best Employers for Diversity.
      • Corporate Responsibility Magazine recognized them as one of 100 Best Corporate Citizens for 2019.
  • Catalyst: Carnival Corporation continues to work with Catalyst, a leading U.S. nonprofit with a mission to expand opportunities for women.
  • Sensory Inclusion: In 2019, Carnival Cruise Line became the first cruise operator to be certified “sensory inclusive” by KultureCity, a leading nonprofit organization dedicated to accessibility and inclusion for individuals with sensory needs and invisible disabilities.

“At the core of our company-wide sustainability efforts are our top priorities as a corporation, which are compliance, environmental protection, and the health, safety and well-being of our guests, the communities we visit and our crew,” said Bill Burke, chief maritime officer for Carnival Corporation. 

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Source: Carnival Corporations & PLC


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