Maximum compliance with the regulations of environmental Protection, but Royal Caribbean Cruises, it did not stop at this, over the years it has implemented numerous tricks for a navigation in the blue but very “green”. The manager of the company's environmental projects Jamie Sweeting, talks about recycling and reuse of materials, the prudent use of energy and water, attention to the environment even in design, encouraging suppliers to make the same commitment to the environment shown by the company.
1) When was the “Save The Waves” program born? With what initial objectives?
Our company has always cared about environmental Protection is Save the Waves® is our flagship. Ours was the first cruise company to establish a formal environmental protection program in 1992 that aimed to reduce waste and recycle as much as possible. Over time, the initial strategies for waste management have expanded to become a true philosophy of protecting the environment in the round.
Currently, the program includes the presence on board of Environmental Officer, the application of a complete waste product management plan as well as specific training courses for all crew members. Over the past two decades, the Save the Waves® program has been continuously implemented and now, not only our crew but also our guests are directly involved in our efforts to protect the environment.
2) How much does the program concern the passengers and how much the team?
The task of educating both guests and crew members about the importance of responsible management of the environment it is up to the Environmental Officers. For passengers, this is no small challenge, the complexity of which is accentuated by the limited amount of time our guests spend on board and by the fact that we must not forget that they are on vacation!
For the on-board personnel, training courses on international legislation and our company's procedures are mandatory and very frequent, given the continuous turnover of personnel.
The awareness of guests on environmental issues instead passes through dedicated activities such as tours and conferences related to the proposed itineraries but also through the commitment of all staff and crew members in making them understand the importance of the Save The Waves® program.
3) What actions have you implemented over the years relating to fuel consumption?
In 2011, the propulsion systems on three of our ships were re-designed, achieving an improvement in propulsion efficiency of 3-4% on the first and 5% on the other two. We have also changed the type of hull painting by optimizing the cleaning process, with an initial average improvement in propulsive efficiency equal to 11%.
Another area of intervention was also the optimization of routes: since mid-2011 we have aimed at maximizing the efficiency of navigation from one port to another and standardized speeds to reduce fuel consumption, obtaining a 3% reduction in on Freedom class ships - whose sister ship Liberty of the Seas will arrive in Italy next year - and 1.8% on ships of the entire fleet.
4) How do you limit polluting emissions into the air?
Besides reduce energy consumption and develop technologies and procedures for improve efficiency, we are investing in new applications for washing fumes from fossil fuels before they are released into the atmosphere. In 2011, we further implemented the pilot phase of the process of using two scrubbing systems to reduce emissions into the atmosphere.
5) What systems are we talking about?
On Independence of the Seas the Ecospec system - of the company Ecospec Global Technology Pte. Ltd, based in Singapore - able to reduce SO2 emissions by 89-92% depending on the engine load. On Liberty of the Seas we have adopted the system produced by Green Tech Marine (GTM) and we are currently carrying out the testing of the entire system.
6) What measures to limit the environmental impact on the waters you navigate?
For prevent pollution and promote an appropriate and consistent management policy our company is committed to always apply the regulations and comply with the requirements relating to environmental protection both on land and at sea, including those provided by the jurisdiction of the flag State, by the port and international conventions. Other actions are those of recycle and reuse materials for practical purposes and to purchase products made from recycled material, maximize their efficiency in the use of natural resources such as energy and water, take environmental concerns into consideration in their design and development projects and also encourage suppliers to undertake to act in favor of environmental protection.
7) What feedback do you have from customers regarding your company's “green” measures?
Our guests welcomed the Save The Waves® program very positively. They really appreciate the work done behind the scenes to ensure that their vacation goes beyond all expectations and that, at the same time, is dedicated to environmental protection.