Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) Holdings published its 2021 Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Report and Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) index on June 9, 2022, as part of the company’s global sustainability programme, Sail & Sustain.
“We are more focused now than ever on our commitment to drive a positive impact on society and the environment through our global sustainability programme, Sail & Sustain. The success of our business and our ability to deliver long-term value to our stakeholders is undeniably linked to the health of our planet, our people and the communities we visit worldwide,” said Frank Del Rio, president and CEO of NCL.
The report spotlights NCL’s key advancements and impactful initiatives underway across the five pillars of its Sail & Sustain programme.
NCL targeted to reduce environmental impact by pursuing net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050; assessing the feasibility of retrofitting existing engines to operate with dual fuels – diesel and methanol – with the goal to test the use of methanol by 2025; bridging the gap in its decarbonisation efforts by exploring alternative fuels; and self-producing about 80 per cent of water used onboard in 2021.
The company also enhanced its commitment to health and safety in response to Covid-19 with its comprehensive SailSAFE programme, as well as established the SailSAFE Global Health and Wellness Council.
Community efforts made included providing about US$12 million in cash, cruise and other in-kind donations in 2021 to various important causes and activation of company’s Crew Relief Fund which offered ongoing communications, logistical support and counselling to Ukrainian and other team members impacted by the Russia-Ukraine conflict in 2022.