The new unit brings together the scientific and technical expertise of the entire Group to focus on the goal of zero emission cruises for Costa and AIDA Cruises
Grupo Costa – Europe’s leading cruise company with its two brands Costa Cruises and AIDA Cruises, and part of Carnival Corporation & plc, the world’s largest cruise company – today announced the creation of a dedicated decarbonisation department within its Hamburg-based unit Carnival Maritime.
The newly created department, which brings together the Group’s scientific and technical expertise under one roof, will be tasked with developing and implementing strategies to achieve the decarbonisation ambitions of the Costa and AIDA fleets, by 2050. The effort will focus on research and development, energy management and data analysis to develop the roadmap that will lead to zero emission ship operations.
As a priority, the department will work to further improve the environmental performance of the existing fleet, in synergy with the sustainability departments of the Costa and AIDA brands.
Specifically, the unit will study and test new technologies, such as batteries, fuel cells, solar and wind power, to accelerate their availability.
Currently, together with other partners, new-generation exhaust gas cleaning systems are being developed to further reduce emission levels. Over time, advances in the application of alternative fuels on a large scale, including biofuels (liquefied biogas and biodiesel), methanol, ammonia and hydrogen fuels, will allow ships to be flexible in their use of low-carbon energy. carbon. Solutions are being designed to meet the requirements of newly built ships, as well as the current fleet, for the ability to store and use new generation fuels.
“Addressing climate change requires a great deal of effort and commitment, and we believe that the creation of our new working group is a key asset in accelerating the development of concepts that can lead us to achieve carbon neutral operations by 2050,” said Michael Thamm, CEO of the Costa Group and Carnival Asia. “To meet this challenge, we intend to establish collaborations and partnerships with other players in the value chain to continue our pioneering role within the cruise industry. We will also continue to work closely with governments to ensure that Europe can lead the way towards sustainable cruising.
Over the years, the Costa Group has led sustainable innovation in the cruise industry by introducing new advanced technologies on board its existing and new ships. The company was the first to introduce LNG propulsion – the most advanced fuel technology available to reduce emissions – with four ships already in service in the Costa Group fleet. In addition, most of the ships in the fleet are equipped with shore power supply systems to achieve zero emissions during port stays, where this technology is available.
Currently, the Costa Group is ready to install the largest lithium-ion battery storage system on the AIDAprima cruise ship for the European summer. In addition, fuel cells powered by hydrogen derived from methanol are being installed on the AIDAnova to carry out the first tests. With Ecospray, the Italy-based company in which Costa is a shareholder, the Costa Group is also working on experimental carbon capture projects.