British-American multinational cruise company, Carnival Corporation has been named the Best Marine Solutions Company in this year’s Clean Tech Awards by the New Economy.
Carnival has initiated many environmentally sustainable implementations including a ground-breaking exhaust gas cleaning system known as “scrubbers” on a selection of ships with the aim of reducing the level of air emissions from using high-sulfur fuel.
“This technology is an accomplishment as well as an important milestone for our company,” said Carnival Corporation CEO Arnold Donald.
“Working together with the EPA, U.S. Coast Guard and Transport Canada, we have developed a breakthrough solution for cleaner air that will set a new course in environmental protection for years to come.”
Further initiatives include goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20 per cent in 2015 from its baseline level in 2005. A reduction of 16.7 per cent was recorded from the 2005 level in 2012.
Water treatment plants are now in place in almost 50 per cent of its fleet. The company aims to install advanced versions of the treatment plants on new ships and will continue to upgrade existing treatment installations. Carnival’s corporate policy to to never discharge untreated sewage, despite maritime law allowing it in specific instances.
“In the cruise industry, and truly for all industries, environmental responsibility is essential to running a successful business in the 21st century,” said Carnival Corporation VP of Management Systems James Van Langen.
“We are very proud of this award and we will continue to maintain our focus on achieving environmental excellence and promoting clean technology,” he added.
The New Economy awards are given in recognition of those industry leaders who have set out to establish progress, rather than relying on the status quo.