Top News Royal Caribbean plots course to net zero By TTG Asia / Posted on 2 November, 2021 15:15 Royal Caribbean Group (RCL) has unveiled its Destination Net Zero decarbonisation strategy to achieve net zero emissions by 2050. “Decades ago, we set out on a course to advance sustainability; our vision now is to realise carbon-free cruising over the next two decades,” said Richard Fain, RCL chairman and CEO. RCL’s decarbonisation plan includes pledge to pursue science-based targets, delivery of a net zero cruise ship He added that Destination Net Zero is “an ambitious strategy to cut emissions, protect our oceans, and ensure the viability of the hundreds of destinations that our guests and crew members care deeply about”. As part of the strategy, the cruise company will over 18 to 24 months develop goals to be validated by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), the first such pledge for the cruise industry. The work will begin following the publication of SBTi’s marine transport methodology. Science-based targets show companies how much, and how quickly, they need to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions to help limit global warming. The plan also includes the delivery of a net zero emissions cruise ship by 2035, through partnerships forged with governments, suppliers and shipyards to develop alternative and accessible fuels and technology. Destination Net Zero’s four-pronged approach comprises of the modernisation of RCL’s global brands fleet through the introduction of 13 new energy-efficient and alternatively fuelled vessels, including its recently announced Project Evolution – the industry’s first ship to remove all local emissions while at port. It will also entail continued investment in energy efficiency programmes for the cruise line’s fleet, including energy saving technologies, enhanced data systems and digitalisation; development of alternative fuel and alternative power solutions; and optimised deployment and integration of strategic shore-based supply chains.