Save the Waves is the foundation of our environmental initiatives. It began in 1992 and evolved from a recycling program to a company-wide philosophy.
The program, and its subsequent goals, is integrated into our daily onboard operations, meets our above and beyond compliance principles and provides us with a structure to maintain our commitment to continuous improvement. It also provides the umbrella under which each officer, staff and crewmember signs a pledge to uphold his or her responsibilities to protect the environment.
Whenever possible, the waste on our ships is reused, recycled or converted into energy.
Reduce: We work with our suppliers to green our supply chain, reduce packaging materials and use more sustainable resources.
Reuse: We participate in container return programs with our vendors and have established a standard donation database for our fleet. Items include mattresses, sheets, towels, furniture and clothing.
Recycle: All trash on board our ships is hand-sorted by our crewmembers to determine what can be recycled.
We have taken action to reduce single-use plastics across our fleet and in two years reduced our consumption by 60%.
We installed a prototype for waste treatment — Hydrothermal Oxidation Technology on Celebrity Apex. This innovative waste treatment method increases energy efficiency and ensures our food waste is treated without discharge to sea.
Fresh water on a ship is a precious commodity, and we go to great efforts to ensure it's used efficiently. On board, fresh water is used for drinking, showers, sinks, toilets, galleys, pools and spas and is obtained primarily via reverse osmosis or desalination.
In 2020 Royal Caribbean Group and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) marked the conclusion of five year environmental targets to ensure the long-term health of the oceans. With WWF’s help we set and achieved ambitious 2020 targets to reduce our emissions, improve our sourcing and support sustainable destinations.
Our sustainable sourcing targets, including sustainable seafood and plastics reduction were impacted due to our suspension of service during the COVID-19 health pandemic, but will resume as our ships return to service.
We believe in partnering for change. Through collaboration with the United Nation's High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy we were part of the Advisory Network who advised on the new ocean action agenda.
Celebrity Flora was purpose-built for its new home in the Galápagos — making it one of the most environmentally-friendly ships in the region and the only cruise ship in the Galápagos to feature dynamic positioning, a system that uses sensors and gyrocompasses to maintain its position. The ship also is equipped with Oceanscope, a series of oceanographic and atmospheric instruments mapping the unique ocean currents surrounding the island chain.
Over 2,000 tours are now offered across the RCG fleet, far surpassing its initial goal of 1,000 by 2020. Certified to the Global Sustainable Tourism (GSTC) standard, these tours are not just a win for RCG but they boost the global supply of certified sustainable excursions for the industry.
In 2020 we introduced a new target to reduce our emission an additional 25% by 2025 after achieving our 35% reduction from a 2005 baseline.
To date, 70% of RCG vessels are equipped with Advanced Emissions Purification (AEP) systems. These systems remove 98% of sulfur dioxide from our emissions and help us meet the requirements set forth by the IMO for 2020. Our remaining vessels have completed all fuel modifications and are ready to run on compliant fuel.
Exploring alternative fuel solutions is a major priority for us and our industry. Our teams are constantly exploring decarbonization solutions while also continuing to increase our energy efficiency.
Celebrity Cruises’ Edge Class features a parabolic ultra bow that is not just eye-catching, but it contributes to overall energy reduction. With each new class of ships, our teams aim for a 20% energy reduction. This is a combination of new innovations and design calibrations, such as the hull. In the case of Edge Class, the bow is straight, not in a curve. Advanced modeling showed improved performance and efficiency by borrowing from well-established designs found in decades of maritime history.
We’re digitally transforming ourselves and artificial intelligence is a key player in that transformation. With a voracious appetite AI gets smarter with each data point it takes in. And as it gets smarter, the more efficient our ships become. AI has become integral in optimally routing our ships for weather safety, fuel efficiency and guest comfort. On our newest ships, it can even keep track of how much energy a single oven is using in the ship's galley.