US-based cruise line Carnival Corporation has announced it has achieved a 23.6% reduction in CO2 emissions, a goal it had planned to reach by 2020.

The announcement was published in the company’s eighth annual sustainability report, which also revealed Carnival has achieved a 25% carbon reduction target three years before its deadline and is set to complete its remaining nine sustainability goals by 2020.

Carnival Corporation chief maritime officer Bill Burke said: “We recognise that to be a responsible global organisation and good corporate citizen, we need to have sustainability ingrained in all aspects of our operation across our nine global cruise line brands and more than 100 ships.”

The company first revealed its sustainability plan in 2015 with the aim to achieve ten objectives by 2020. These include reducing its carbon footprint, improving ships’ air emissions, reducing waste generation, improving water use efficiency, as well as supporting guests, crew members and local communities.

Two years later, 63% of Carnival’s fleet was equipped with exhaust gas cleaning systems (EGCS), which enabled the company to reduce emissions of sulphur compounds. As of 2017, 43% of its fleet was using electric power when docked.

Carnival recently turned to LNG as part of its plan to cut down emissions and improve air quality in the ports it visits. In 2017, the company launched AIDAperla, the second cruise ship in the world to be powered by LNG while docked, which began operations in three European ports.

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The brand is also preparing to launch the first fully LNG-powered cruise ship in the world, AIDANova, which will make its maiden voyage in December and will rely solely on LNG both in port and at sea. Carnival is also planning to develop six more LNG-powered ships by 2022, which will sail for AIDA Cruises, Costa Cruises, Carnival Cruise Line and P&O Cruises (UK).