Shipping contributes to around 10% of global CO2 emissions; large cruise ships contributing the most. According to research by the European think tank Transport & Environment, cruise ships are incredibly harmful to the environment. In 2017, 47 cruise ships were responsible for ten times more environmental pollution (SOx emissions) than all 260 million cars on European roads. These figures are merely indicative. It is abundantly clear that reducing emissions in this sector will make a significant impact on climate change.
- 'The world's sixteen biggest ships emit the equivalent CO2 pollution of all the cars on the roads.'
- 'The seventeen largest ships in the world emit more sulphur than all the cars in the world.'
- 'One container ship is as polluting as 50 million cars.'