The agreement’s overall purpose is to contribute to and promote sustainable operations in the shipping industry. The arrangement will focus on solutions, regulations and legislation favoring the use of environmentally friendly vessels for the benefit of the environment, local destinations and the travelers.

Key framework for the cooperation will be the recently adopted IMO strategy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, together with an increasing focus on continuing to improve the cruise industry’s environmental impact in local communities and destinations.

Michael Thamm, Group CEO, Costa Group & Carnival Asia for Carnival Corporation, said:

Working together with leading environmental NGOs such as The Bellona Foundation will help us to achieve our vision to provide our guests with extraordinary vacation experiences while meeting and often exceeding our environmental commitments.

Frederic Hauge, founder of The Bellona Foundation, stated:

Our cooperation with Carnival Corporation will enable us to increase our impact in developing and promoting sustainable solutions for the rapidly growing cruise sector as well as international shipping.

Last month, Costa Group signed a Declaration of Intent with the Federal State of Schleswig-Holstein, the Federal State capital Kiel, and the port of Kiel, on the joint promotion of environmentally-friendly cruise tourism in the port of Kiel, seeking to develop a sustainable and future-proof maritime infrastructure, economy and tourism in northern Germany.