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MSC Cruises aims to be carbon neutral by 2020, adds MSC Grandiosa

MSC Cruises announced Friday that the company will be carbon neutral by January 2020 as it prepares to launch its new ship, MSC Grandiosa, billed as the cruise line’s most environmentally advanced ship yet. 

MSC claims it will be the first global cruise line with carbon neutral marine operations.

“The goal is that one day to arrive at zero emissions altogether (from the source),” Pierfrancesco Vago, MSC Cruises executive chairman, told USA TODAY.

However, the technology to produce zero carbon emissions, at source, does not yet exist, so MSC is finding another way to give back to the planet.

“We will work with leading providers in carbon offsets able to offset CO2 emissions with the highest level of integrity. Our vision is to also invest in projects that provide quantifiable community benefits, protect the environment and support the (United Nations) Sustainable Development Goals,” said Vago in a release.

The cruise line wants to reduce emissions to the point of producing none using new technology, which the company is investing in, but in the meantime, it will finance projects that offset carbon emissions — for example, programs that protect forests or reduce carbon dioxide in the atmosphere through algae. The line is also buying blue carbon credits, which support coastal habitats. 

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Through these, MSC says it is on track to achieve carbon neutrality by 2020.




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