World’s largest cruise line launches service power packs to improve energy efficiency and support overall sustainability goals
To significantly reduce energy and fuel consumption, upgrades include investments in automation and on-demand controls, cooling upgrades, LED lighting and efficient HVAC systems, with indoor air quality continuously monitored and maintained to the highest standards at sea
MIAMI, August 4, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK), the world’s largest cruise company, today announced the deployment of comprehensive technology upgrades, called Service Power Packages, across its global fleet to further enhance saving energy and reducing fuel consumption. The upgrades include ongoing installations through 2023 on ships from the company’s nine cruise line brands – Carnival Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, Seabourn, P&O Cruises (Australia), Costa Cruises, AIDA Cruises, P&O Cruises (UK) and Cunard.
Carnival Corporation’s Service Power upgrade program provides an average of 5-10% fuel savings per ship and is expected to reduce fleet-wide greenhouse gas emissions by more than 500,000 metric tons every year. In addition to the environmental benefits, upon completion the program is expected to generate over 150 million dollars in annual fuel cost savings.
Developed over the past six years, the company’s Service Power program delivers significant efficiency improvements across the fleet, including improvements to cabin and public area air conditioning and major upgrades to cooling, lighting and automation systems. Adapting to variations in ship design, size and equipment, the company customizes a Service Power Package for each ship that combines the synergy of multiple upgrades with new operational efficiencies, all of which effectively support Carnival Corporation’s energy savings and decarbonization strategies.
Carnival Corporation’s service power packages include the following items designed to work together to reduce each ship’s overall load – the energy required to support all onboard hotel systems – and as a result significantly reduce both fuel consumption and emissions:
- Comprehensive upgrades to each ship’s hotel HVAC systems, which accounts for 25% of the ship’s energy consumption, to improve the hotel’s ventilation efficiency using sophisticated variable speed drives and on-demand systems in public areas, staterooms and galleys. In addition, indoor air quality is continuously monitored and maintained to the highest standards at sea, using industry-leading air filtration and UV treatment throughout the ship.
- Upgrades to each ship’s technical systems using variable speed drives and automated on-demand control systems for engine room ventilation, main air conditioners and cooling pumps, which together dramatically reduce the energy required to deliver cooling around the ship.
- State of the art LED lighting systems installed in each vessel to reduce both energy consumption and heat load generation – creating the dual benefit of lower air conditioning demand.
- Remote monitoring and maintenance improvements that maximize the benefits of the upgrade packages, including improved instrumentation and automated control systems, with continuous ship-to-shore connectivity. Advanced remote monitoring and analysis of each vessel’s energy performance and technical condition ensure maximum efficiency and minimum downtime.
“The Service Power program is closely linked to our long-term sustainability and decarbonisation goals and our highest responsibility and top priority, which is compliance, environmental protection and the health, safety and well-being of our guests, the people in the communities we visit. and our ship and shore personnel,” said Bill Burke, Chief Maritime Officer of Carnival Corporation. “Based on our improved fleet composition, including the addition of six industry-leading LNG-powered vessels, and our previous investments to increase efficiency and reduce emissions, our absolute carbon emissions peaked in 2011 despite the significant growth in capacity over the past decade. These customized service capacity packages further build on these efforts as part of our holistic approach to sustainability.”
The fleet-wide improvements are part of Carnival Corporation’s ongoing energy efficiency investment program and efforts to reduce fuel consumption, including more than $350 million invested in energy efficiency improvements since 2016, along with the company’s strategy to optimize fleet and designing more efficient routes. Together, these ongoing efforts are expected to result in a 10% reduction in Available Bottom Day (ALBD) fuel consumption in the company’s first full year of guest cruise operations compared to 2019, along with a 9% reduction in carbon emissions for lower anchor day distance traveled.
As part of its long-term sustainability plan and vision, Carnival Corporation has committed to significant investments to achieve its 2030 sustainability goals and 2050 aspirations, which include a total of six critical sustainability focus areas. These areas include climate action; circular economy; sustainable tourism; good health and well-being; diversity, equity and inclusion; and biodiversity and conservation.
Among these priorities, the company has committed to reduce carbon intensity by 20% from its baseline from 2019 to 2030, supporting its efforts and aspirations to achieve net carbon-neutral shipping operations by 2050.
More information about the company’s sustainability efforts can be found at www.CarnivalSustainability.com.
About Carnival Corporation & plc
Carnival Corporation & plc is one of the world’s largest leisure travel companies with a portfolio of nine of the world’s leading cruise lines sailing to all seven continents. With operations in North America, Australia, Europe and Asiaits portfolio includes Carnival Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, Seabourn, P&O Cruises (Australia), Costa Cruises, AIDA Cruises, P&O Cruises (UK) and Cunard.
Additional information can be found at www.carnivalcorp.com, www.carnival.com, www.princess.com, www.hollandamerica.com, www.seabourn.com, www.pocruises.com.au, www.costacruise.com, www.aida.de, www.pocruises.com and www.cunard.com.
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