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  • Potter at Island Resources
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      >To: "Potter, Bruce" <bpotter@...>,
      >Subject: Cruise industry and environment .. Standards
      >From: fmcdonald@...
      >Date: Sun, 3 Feb 2008 03:28:04 +0000
      >Extract from Royal Caribbean officials interview ....:
      >TDN: The tourism industry adopts green policies as climate changes.
      >What is Royal Caribbean's policy for the environment and what have
      >you done so far?
      >H. B.: The foundation of our onboard environmental activities is our
      >Save The Waves programme. It focuses on three key principles:
      >reducing the creation or generation of waste materials; recycling as
      >much as possible; and ensuring proper disposal of remaining waste.
      >The Save The Waves programme, started in 1992, formalised what was
      >then 24-years of environmentally oriented activities within the
      >company. Since its creation, the Save The Waves programme has grown
      >in size and complexity, and today is integrated into the daily
      >operations onboard all our ships. This includes environmental
      >officers onboard each ship; a waste-management programme that
      >completely addresses each waste stream; environmental training for
      >every crew member; and the creation of the Safety and Environment
      >Department within the company's corporate offices.
      >Our Environmental Management System meets ISO 14001 environmental
      >standards, stressing continual improvement.
      >We are improving every year with some of the latest proven
      >environmental technology. In recent years, we have introduced to the
      >industry cleaner bilge-water-purification systems, as well as
      >reduced-emission, gas turbine engines. The former has improved
      >bilge-water purity by 5 to 7 times and the latter has reduced
      >smokestack emissions of sulphur oxide (SOX) and nitrous oxide (NOX)
      >by more than 80 and 90 percent respectively. Also, greater energy
      >efficiencies are built into our new ships related to propulsion,
      >air conditioning, lighting, hull shapes and hull paints. We are
      >proud of these advances and are determined to maintain our policy of
      >Continuous Improvement.
      >All aspects of reducing our impact on the environment are important
      >to Royal Caribbean International. One example of this is our work to
      >reduce fuel consumption. Examples of our efforts include:
      >Continuing to build more fuel-efficient ships. Freedom of the Seas,
      >Liberty of the Seas and Independence of the Seas, for example are
      >15% larger than the next largest ship, but are actually more fuel
      >efficient per guest berth. (Our Freedom-class ships use the same
      >number of engines, same propulsion pods and same bow thrusters as
      >our Voyager-class ships. Our Freedom-class ships do have a new and
      >more efficient hull design.)
      >We are giving even greater attention to itinerary planning both now
      >and for the future in terms of timing, speeds and distances, etc.
      >We are tweaking the arrival and departure times at some ports of
      >call so our ships can save fuel while sailing to the next port.
      >We are altering the speed of our ships while at sea to gain the
      >greatest fuel efficiency.
      >We are installing new generators on some ships, which will produce
      >electricity much more efficiently.
      >We are turning off air conditioning in areas that are not being used.
      >We are using special window tinting on our ships to keep them cooler
      >and reduce the load placed upon our air conditioning systems.
      >We are even using fewer lights and using different types of bulbs
      >(LEDs rather than halogens).
      >We are using some renewable fuels (bio-diesel) in eight of our ships
      >(Radiance class and Millennium class), which reduce the CO2
      >emissions from those ships by 78 percent.
      >These efforts have reduced our total fuel consumption from 2005 to
      >2006 by 10 percent for Royal Caribbean International and by 15
      >percent for Celebrity Cruises on a per-passenger cruise day basis.
      >Michael Verikios - Wednesday, January 30, 2008

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