MSC Group’s Cruise Division has announced its commitment to join the Green Marine Europe Label, becoming the first major global cruise company to do so.
The Green Marine Europe Label which was launched in 2020, follows the reported ‘success’ of the North American environmental certification program first created in 2007.
A voluntary environmental certification program for the maritime industry, the European initiative was launched to ‘create a mechanism that supports shipowners in demonstrating their environmental performance on a European scale’, said the Green Marine organisation.
MSC said this will support the Cruise Division’s pledge to achieve net zero emissions by 2050.
GREEN MARINE AND SURFRIDER FOUNDATION
The Green Marine Europe Label is the result of a partnership between The North American environmental certification program Green Marine and the Surfrider Foundation, a leading NGO in ocean and maritime protection in the European Union. The partnership was established in 2019, and the program was launched in the spring of 2020.
The MSC Group insists that both MSC Cruises and its newly launched luxury offering Explora Journeys, are committing to measuring their environmental performance as per the program’s guidelines annually, tracking progress across eight key performance indicators: aquatic invasive species, pollutant air emissions (SOx and PM), pollutant air emissions (NOx), greenhouse gas emissions, oily discharge, waste management, underwater noise, and responsible ship recycling.
“In recent years, MSC has made considerable advances across all areas of its cruise operations thanks to the deployment of some of state-of-the art environmental technologies, fuels and solutions,” said MSC in a statement.
GREEN FUELS AND TECH SOLUTIONS
“These include advanced emissions control systems, ballast water treatment systems, and advanced wastewater treatment systems, to name a few. The first two vessels of Explora Journeys, which are currently under construction, will feature these and other environmental solutions.”
Pierfrancesco Vago, Executive Chairman of the Cruise Division of MSC Group, said: “Even while we tackled the many challenges of the past two years, we never lost sight of our responsibilities in the long term.
“In line with our commitment to sustainability and our pledge to reach net zero emissions by 2050, the Green Marine Europe Label will help us demonstrate our progress and share this with our guests, the communities that we serve and all other stakeholders.
“All of this, while we continue our work on several projects studying the development of green fuels and technology solutions and we look forward to bringing them to life soonest.”
Minas Myrtidis, MSC Cruise Management’s Vice President Environmental Operations and Compliance said: “Certification to the Green Marine Europe Label across our entire fleet will further demonstrate our commitment to environmental sustainability as it also reflects our desire to continually improve our performance in that space.’’