Carnival Corporation & plc has received the support of Transport Canada, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Coast Guard to implement a significant advancement in environmental technology designed to reduce air emissions from cruise ships and large marine vessels. Carnival has committed more than $180 million for exhaust gas cleaning technology on 32 ships. These include vessels from Carnival Cruise Lines, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises and Cunard that sail regularly within the North American Emission Control Area (ECA).

“This is a significant accomplishment as well as an important milestone for our company,” said Carnival Corporation & plc CEO Arnold Donald (pictured). “Working together with the EPA, U.S. Coast Guard and Transport Canada, we have developed a breakthrough solution for cleaner air that will set a new course in environmental protection for years to come.”

Carnival has been a partner in the development of this technology and will take the lead in further refining both design and installation aspects on ships with a variety of engine configurations between now and mid-2016. This new generation of so-called “scrubber technology” combines the removal of sulfur with the substantial reduction of particulate matter and black carbon. Once the exhaust gas cleaning technology is installed and fully operational on the various Carnival subsidiary ships, they will exceed ECA standards. In addition to exceeding stricter air emission standards — a significant public health advancement — Carnival’s technology will help the company mitigate escalating fuel costs.