Industry Sustainability Guide for Cruise Lines

Three of Australia and New Zealand’s leading cruise organizations have teamed up to release the first Cruise Industry Sustainability Guide in the region. The guide was put together by Cruise Lines International Association, New Zealand Cruise Association and Australia Cruise Association and detailed the work being done by the industry in the environmental sector.

Their initiatives have been categorized broadly into five sections:

Cleaner Fuel and Reduced Emissions
Recycle, Reduce and Reuse
Waste Management Practices
Destination Sustainability
Working Together

Despite cruise ships representing less than one percent of the global shipping fleet, the sector is eager to lead the way in sustainable practices, and this guide is their first step to achieving their environmental goals.

The guide will be distributed to the leaders of each of the three cruise organisations who are encouraged to send it to their broader communities in order to increase awareness of the industry’s sustainable practices.

Statements have been released by leaders of each of the three organisations, speaking positively about the new guide and their environmental efforts.

“Each day across our industry, individual cruise lines are working to improve upon this record through strategic partnerships with leading national and international organisations, investment in new technologies, and complying with, and in many cases, exceeding international standards through a range of important initiatives,” said Joe Katz, Australiasia Managing Director of the Cruise Lines International Association.

“We want to develop viable short and long-term solutions for a sustainable and exciting future for our industry,” said Chief Executive Office of the Australian Cruise Association, Jill Abel.

“The New Zealand Cruise Association is pleased to be able to work with Australian Cruise Association and the Cruise Lines International Association on this guide for our region as it provides a succinct overview of the considerable work that the cruise industry does to preserve our environment both locally and internationally,” said Chief Executive Kevin O’Sullivan.