The cruise industry is committed to pursuing net zero emissions by 2050, and supports the long-term objectives of the EU Green Deal. By driving innovation through shipbuilding in Europe, the industry can help to enable European green growth, as set out in the Green Deal and EU recovery plans.

The EU’s waterborne transport sector issues Joint Declaration, charting the course towards a resilient, competitive and sustainable future

The Joint Declaration, signed by 13 European Associations, calls for a coordinated effort between public and private sector actors, with resilience, competitiveness and level playing field as cornerstones: “Together, we are charting a course towards a resilient, competitive, and sustainable future, ensuring that the EU’s Waterborne Transport Sector remains a global leader and delivers quality jobs”.

Read the full Joint Declaration on the EU Waterborne Transport Sector

Cruise Lines International Association and SEA Europe Joint Declaration calling for maritime technology to be included in the “Green Deal Industrial Plan.”

“The Net-Zero Industry Act is an important step forward for the Green transition of our economy, but the EU has yet to recognize the strategic role of the maritime technology sector in Europe’s industrial strategy. More than 93% of the world’s ocean-going cruise ships are built in Europe, representing 80% of the order book value of the European shipyards. Cruise lines are partnering with shipyards and equipment manufacturers to invest in the innovations that will deliver a net zero-carbon future in maritime transport.

That is why we are calling on the EU to ensure that include the maritime industry in the Net Zero Industry Act. The EU must ensure that the right regulatory framework is in place to maintain its strategic strength in complex shipbuilding and maritime technologies.”, comments Marie-Caroline Laurent, CLIA Director General

Read the full CLIA & SEA Europe Joint Declaration

Environmental Technologies & Practices Report 2023

The Environment Technologies & Practices Report 2023 showing concrete progress by the sector in advancing its environmental and sustainability agenda.

Some highlights include:
– More than 15% of the vessels to be launched in the next five years will be equipped to incorporate fuel cells or batteries.
– Efficiency tracking systems are now in place on 171 CLIA-member ships to enhance efficiencies, optimize/reduce fuel consumption.
– 15 LNG-powered CLIA ocean-going cruise ships sailing today
– 46% of ships can use shoreside electricity while in port.
Learn more about the industry’s investments and innovations

The importance of shoreside electricity

The route towards net-zero carbon cruising has many paths. One of the key areas identified as making a significant impact in terms of emissions is the implementation and use of shoreside electricity at ports, also known as On shore Power Supply (OPS).
This means ships can connect directly to power sources on shore. It allows ship engines to be switched off, reducing emissions by up to 98%, depending on the mix of energy sources, while a ship is in port.

As part of the EU’s Fit for 55 programme, all main ports in the European Union will have to use shoreside electricity by 2030.

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Renewable and Low-Carbon Fuels Value Chain Industrial Alliance

CLIA has joined the recently formed Renewable and Low-Carbon Fuels Value Chain Industrial Alliance (the Alliance). This initiative is a collaboration of stakeholders, and focuses on boosting the production and supply of renewable and low-carbon fuels in the aviation and maritime sectors. It is closely aligned with the FuelEU Maritime and RefuelEU Aviation initiatives.

The Alliance’s objective is to ensure that aviation and maritime transport have sufficient access to renewable and low carbon fuels to meet greenhouse gas emission targets by 2050. CLIA is representing the cruise industry which has committed to pursuing net-zero carbon cruising by 2050. Access to these renewable and low-carbon fuels is an essential element of our industry’s roadmap to achieving our objectives.

Protecting the Mediterranean

We welcome the International Maritime Organization’s approval to create a new Emission Control Area (ECA) in the Mediterranean Sea. This is a milestone on the way to a more sustainable shipping sector.

Once implemented in 2025, this means that ships in the ECA would have to meet stringent limits of sulphur oxide emissions (SOx) of no more than 0.1%, resulting in drop of nearly 79% in SOx emissions. This compares to 0.5% of allowable emissions outside the ECA. 

The Mediterranean Sea ECA will be the fifth worldwide designated area, joining the areas of the Baltic Sea, North Sea, North America (covering designated coastal areas off the United States and Canada); and the United States Caribbean Sea (around Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands).

Fit for 55: WATCH Euractiv debate on green innovation in maritime

21 September 2021: A CLIA and EURACTIV debate on the need for innovation to achieve the EU and industry’s decarbonisation ambitions. Speakers included:

Roxana Lesovici, Cabinet Expert/Communications Adviser, Member of Adina Vălean’s Cabinet, European Commission (keynote speech)
Joaquim Nunes de Almeida, Director for Energy-intensive industries and mobility, DG GROW, European Commission 
Dr Michele Acciaro, Associate Professor of Maritime Logistics, Kühne Logistics University (KLU).
Christophe Tytgat, Secretary General, Sea Europe 
Ukko Metsola, Director General, CLIA Europe

CLIA’s initial response to Fit for 55

A balanced and proportional regulatory framework for all economic sectors can pave the way to achieve the EU goal of net-zero carbon by 2050.  Special attention should be given to assessing potential impacts on remote European coastal regions and islands that depend heavily on passenger shipping. CLIA is committed to contributing to the policy discussion, partnering with all actors to accelerate the development of alternative marine fuels that will be necessary for achieving the EU’s and CLIA’s decarbonisation ambitions.

Read CLIA’s full statement on Fit for 55

A future focused industry: partnering with the supply chain to innovate

Case study: Merits of a flexible fuel strategy

Maikel Arts, General Manager, Market Innovation from marine technology manufacturer, Wärtsilä, explains how a flexible fuel strategy can help to create pathways to decarbonisation.

Case study: Port of Roenne as a green energy hub

The port of Roenne is at the heart of ambitious plans to create a green bunker hub in the Baltic where ships will be able to refuel with sustainable fuels

“Fit for 55”: virtual debate

CLIA supported a virtual debate organised by Euractiv on 21 September to discuss the EU Fit for 55 proposals and the importance of green maritime innovation.