Avalon plans greener river travel

Avalon Waterways showcases its green lighthouse project to protect the rivers it navigates.

“Avalon is dedicated to protecting the planet with unprecedented, eco-friendly cruising for guests today and tomorrow,” said Pam Hoffee, president of Avalon Waterways.

The Lighthouse Project focuses on three main categories, with a mission to nurture a culture of care and sustainability that extends to its customers: planet, people and places.

These principles are to protect waterways, wildlife and highlight organizations that do the same; protect, respect, support the extraordinary communities of the world, It aims to ensure that the parks, palaces, museums and monuments that are visited as past generations have been preserved for future generations.

Avalon Waterways with the Globus family of brands highlights 50 more causes to add more to ‘Planet’, ‘People’ and ‘Places’.

These include reducing ocean and river pollution through the plastic cleanup project in conjunction with The Ocean Cleanup, reducing carbon footprint by planting trees with Trees4Trave, educating and providing jobs to women living in poverty in Cambodia with the Landmine Design community.

“As part of our sustainability efforts, Avalon has invested in a state-of-the-art fleet of suite vessels and state-of-the-art technology to limit energy, consumption and emissions; as well as waste and recycling programs to reduce our environmental footprint, save water and foster an eco-friendly culture among crew and guests around the world,” added Hoffee.

Avalon Waterways also has:

  • Elimination of single-use plastics on board our ships and in operations offices, worldwide.
  • 95% reduction in onboard paper waste by prioritizing digital communications.
  • Received the Green Award for Avalon’s entire fleet of ships, recognizing that each Suite Ship meets the high safety and environmental standards required for recognition.
  • Invested in local farmers to secure locally produced food and beverages, reducing food miles while supporting local economies.
  • LED lighting installed throughout the vessel, fleet-wide.
  • Worked with dozens of ports to buy shore power (ashore), allowing generators to be turned off, further reducing emissions.

Between 2022 and 2024, the company plans to reduce paper waste to less than 1%, pilot a program to use biofuel, aiming to reduce total carbon emissions by 50%, and use rocket propellants. electric bows to further reduce emissions.