Wed. Oct 4th, 2023
    Cruise Ship Sustainability Takes a Step Forward with Successful Biofuel Test

    Royal Caribbean has achieved a significant milestone in cruise ship sustainability by successfully testing a new biofuel blend on its Symphony of the Seas ship. The test, conducted in Barcelona, makes Symphony of the Seas the first ship in the maritime industry to successfully use a biofuel blend to reduce carbon emissions.

    Biofuel is a sustainable alternative fuel that is created by purifying renewable raw materials such as waste oils and fats, which are then combined with fuel oil. This blend is cleaner and more sustainable than traditional fossil fuels, and it significantly reduces carbon emissions. The biofuel blends tested by Royal Caribbean are accredited by the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC), ensuring their sustainability and verifying reductions of related emissions.

    The successful test on Symphony of the Seas not only demonstrates the feasibility of using biofuel in the maritime industry but also provides valuable data on the availability and scalability of biofuel in the European region. Royal Caribbean plans to continue using alternative lower carbon fuels as part of its overall sustainability plan.

    In addition to biofuels, Royal Caribbean is also investing in liquefied natural gas (LNG) as another method to reduce emissions. LNG has significantly lower emissions compared to traditional fossil fuels and is being used as a transition fuel. While it is not a long-term solution, it helps to reduce particulate matter emissions, sulfur emissions, nitrogen emissions, and greenhouse gas emissions.

    Royal Caribbean Group has set ambitious sustainability goals under its “Destination Net Zero” initiative, which aims to deliver a net-zero emissions cruise ship and achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. This initiative includes the introduction of energy-efficient and alternatively fueled vessels, investment in energy efficiency programs, development of alternative fuel and power solutions, and optimized deployment of strategic shore-based supply chains.

    The successful test of biofuel on Symphony of the Seas marks a significant step forward in cruise ship sustainability. Through innovative solutions such as biofuels and LNG, Royal Caribbean is striving to reduce its environmental impact and create a more sustainable future for the cruise industry.

    – International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC)
    – Royal Caribbean Group
    – Jason Liberty, President and CEO of Royal Caribbean Group