Flying much 'greener' than cruising

Cruise ships blamed for high emissions

Travel Insurance News - 24/01/2008

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Recent research has highlighted the high level of CO2 emmisions that cruise ships produce. In comparison to flying, the cruise liners are leaving vast CO2 footprints with each passengers travelling on a Carnival cruise liner being responsible for 401g per kilometre of travel. This amount is 36 times more than a passenger sitting on a Eurostar train. This amount is also 3 times more than for a passenger on a ferry or on a standard Boeing 747.

The director of the Passenger Shipping Association, Bill Gibbons, a body that represents the leading cruise companies in Britains said "It is difficult to use thees figures to compare cruising just as a straight form of transport in passenger/km terms, because the cruise ship also uses energy for laundry, restaurants, theatre, leisure club activities, water treatment, waste treatment and more". The PSA is itself carrying out a study to find out how much CO2 is taken to drive a ship, the findings will be made public later this year.

Cruising has attracted harsh criticism for its propensity to produce vast amounts of waste. A rough estimation of the amount of is 3.5kg per person per day compared with 0.8kg by lpeople on shore. This year 1.5 million Brits will take a cruise holiday, up from 1.1 million in 2005. All cruise companies are looking at reducing waste and investing in more fuel efficient ships.

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