A turning point for the cruise industry as a whole in terms of responsible innovation, with the advent of the propulsion system based on liquefied natural gas (LNG), the world’s cleanest fossil fuel, Costa Smeralda will have a substantially reduced environmental impact. The use of LNG will almost totally eliminate sulfur dioxide emissions (zero emissions) and particulate matter (95-100% reduction) and will also greatly lessen emissions of nitrogen oxides (85%) and CO2 (up to 20%). This a major step forward towards our objective of achieving a 40% reduction in the fleet’s CO2 emissions by 2020, some 10 years ahead of the target laid down by IMO.

Other tangible examples on the flagship of our commitment to responsible innovation are the state-of-the-art intelligent energy management system, the production of all the water required by processing seawater directly on board in latest generation desalination plants, and 100% separate collection of waste.

Costa Smeralda will also be a laboratory and an incubator for innovative circular economy projects, facilitating the recovery and recycling of materials such as aluminum and glass. Continuing on a path embarked on by Costa about 20 years ago, ahead of the times, the new flagship will provide added impetus to efforts to phase out single-use plastic items by 2020 and drastically reduce the consumption of plastic on board generally. This entails the use of glass containers and dispensers, in place of throwaway packages for sauces and dressings in the restaurants and buffets, as well as the total elimination of products containing microplastics. The measures implemented on Costa Smeralda will be extended fleetwide by 2020, with the ultimate objective of reducing the use of plastic on board by over 50 metric tons a year.

For several reasons then, this is a record-breaking ship that rises to Costa’s challenge of meeting more and more ambitious sustainable development objectives. Indeed, Costa Smeralda heralds a new era for the entire cruise industry.