Carnival Pledges Its Cruises Will Be Carbon Neutral by 2050

Carnival Corp., the world’s largest cruise company, plans to slash its carbon footprint by 2030 and be carbon neutral by 2050.

The company wants to cut its carbon rate -- based on capacity -- by 40% relative to 2008 levels by the end of the decade, according to sustainability goals released Tuesday.

Part of Carnival’s strategy involves using more liquefied natural gas-powered vessels, optimizing hull designs to reduce drag and using shore-side power sources when available.

Cruise lines, which essentially operate floating resorts that are heavily dependent on fossil fuels, have struggled to shed their image as major polluters. In 2016, Carnival’s Princess line agreed to pay a $40 million fine and plead guilty to dumping oil-contaminated waste water and covering it up.

Carnival’s other sustainability goals include:

  • Cutting “absolute air emissions of particulate matter” by 50% by 2030 relative to 2015.
  • Slashing single-use plastic items by 50% by the end of this year versus 2018.
  • Reducing food waste by 30% by 2022 and 50% by 2030, relative to a 2019 baseline.

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