Costa Cruceros focuses on sustainability

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Costa Cruceros focuses on sustainability
Source: Costa Cruceros
September 30, 2022

The company published its Sustainability report for the year 2021 where it announced new achievements, the definition of future objectives and its commitment to the sustainable growth of the sector.


After a thorough ESG analysis, -Environmental, Social and Governance- four key priorities were identified, which express the company's vision for the future: moving towards climate neutrality; regenerate resources; empower people; and build a transformative ecosystem. The report announces Costa Cruceros' renewed sustainability strategy, focused on four thematic areas, nine material topics and 21 objectives, all in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

“With the sixteenth edition of our sustainability report, we ratify our consolidated and pioneering commitment to sustainability. 2021 has been a year marked by a deep and substantial evolution of Costa. We have worked to offer a new way of traveling and a product value proposition, which remains focused on sustainability, a key asset" - said Mario Zanetti, President of Costa Cruceros - "Our work will continue in the coming years, with a strategy which focuses on the transformative power of travel, The Good Power of Travel, as the title of the new report indicates: a business model that, in addition to making our guests happy, is capable of generating social, environmental and economic value" .

Regarding the first area, climate neutrality, Costa Cruceros' ambition is to introduce a new generation of ships that can operate with zero net carbon emissions by 2050. The company is also working to further improve the energy efficiency of its current fleet. and to support innovation in port infrastructure. Part of this commitment includes: having been pioneers since 2018 with the first ships powered by liquefied natural gas (Costa Toscana and Costa Smeralda), the installation of the most advanced emission reduction systems in more than 90% of the ships, and the fact of being prepared to operate with shore power technologies (power supply from land during port calls in ports where this becomes possible) with approximately one third of the ships in the fleet, and with five more in the pipeline.

Regarding the regeneration of resources, closely linked to the preservation of marine ecosystems, selective collection and 100% recycling of materials such as plastic, paper, glass and aluminum are already carried out on all ships. In addition, 90% of the daily water needs are covered by transforming that of the sea through the use of desalinizers, a value that reaches 100% in the most modern ships in the fleet.

The third strategic area, focused on empowering people, affects both guests and company employees. For guests, the goal is to make them more responsible travelers in their choices, while for employees the goal is to promote a fair and inclusive work environment and enhance their skills. In this sense, remote work hours in 2021 totaled more than 774,000 and training hours almost 120,000, for a community of employees from 70 countries and 5 different continents.

The last strategic area for the construction of a transformative ecosystem has to do with the value generated in the territories and communities that host Costa's ships. In 2021 alone, with the ships operating only in the Mediterranean for a reduced part of the year, Costa ships visited up to 31 ports, with 17 different itineraries, reactivating an ecosystem that includes almost 16,000 suppliers.

An essential part of Costa's commitment to people and the planet is expressed through the high-impact projects of the Costa Crociere Foundation, an independent non-profit organization whose work is complementary and synergistic with Costa's sustainability activities. Since its creation in 2014, the Costa Crociere Foundation has already carried out a total of 31 environmental and social projects, which have benefited more than 125,000 people of more than 130 different nationalities

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