Why is this important to us
By contributing to greenhouse gas emissions, we know we have a negative impact on the climate. This in turn affects the destinations we visit, and we have a duty of care to protect what we value.
What are we working towards
Net Zero 1, 2 and 3 emissions by or before 2050, and carbon neutral Scope 1 operations by 2040. Our first zero emission ship sailing on the Norwegian coast by 2030. We have committed to Science Based Targets.
What are we doing to get there
We take pride in having the greenest vessels in the industry. There are numerous examples of how we are working to lower emissions, these include:
In 2021, we announced one of the largest environmental upgrades in the history of European shipping, as all seven Hurtigruten Norwegian Coastal Express ships will be undergoing significant green upgrades through to 2023. Across the seven ships, the upgrades, as well as the phasing in of sustainable biofuels, will reduce CO2 emissions by around 25% and cut NOx emissions by a massive 80%.
In 2016 we ordered our first battery-powered hybrid-electric cruise vessels, and in 2020 we proudly launched the ships MS Roald Amundsen and MS Fridtjof Nansen as the world’s first battery hybrids. In 2021 we introduced our third battery hybrid-powered ship after the upgrade of MS Otto Sverdrup.
All our 14 vessels have been fitted with shore power connectivity to allow elimination of emissions when connected at ports with shore power, replacing fuel consumption while docked with electricity from renewable sources.
In 2009, we were the first to ban the use of heavy fuel oil (HFO) in all our operations. Furthermore, we work with NGOs to promote a broader international HFO ban for all vessels sailing in the Arctic.
Across our operations we have continued to introduce solar panels and zero emissions vehicles such as electric snowmobiles, battery-powered catamarans, an electric tour bus for excursions and a hybrid sightseeing vessel.