GENOA (Aug. 13, 2012) — Costa Cruises has been recognized for its efforts in
and dedication to environmental protection with the Go Green Award 2012 — The
Most Devoted Go Green Organization, presented by Weekend Weekly, one of
Hong Kong’s most popular travel magazines. This is the first time Costa Cruises
has received the Go Green Award for its record of environmental excellence.
The Go Green Award 2012 was supported by the Green Council (a nonprofit
environmental association in Hong Kong), Green Sense (a charitable
Organization that aims to promote environmental compliance), Green Power (an
environmentalist and ecologist nongovernmental organization) and the National
The award serves as a benchmark to recognize corporations and brands that are
making a positive contribution and commitment to the environment.
Costa Cruises received the award based on its involvement in several projects
dedicated to protecting the environment. Since September 2011 the company is
the “Sustainable Cruise” Project Manager for an initiative on Costa Pacifica cofunded
by the European Commission through the LIFE + Program that is testing
for the first time in the maritime field the feasibility of turning organic waste into
reusable materials such as compost or fuel. Moreover, Costa ships’ ongoing
environmental practices include waste-management policies, recycling of
aluminum, glass and other wastes; usage of desalination plants for water
production, and energy and fuel-saving measures that have resulted in
decreased pollutant emissions.
Costa Cruises is Europe’s no. 1 cruise company (www.costacruise.com). For more than 60 years
its ships have plied the seas of the world, offering the best in Italian style, hospitality and cuisine.
Its fleet totals 15 ships in service, and a new ship ordered from Fincantieri will be delivered in
October 2014. Costa Cruises has been certified by RINA (Italian Shipping Register) with the
BEST4, an integrated system of voluntary certification of corporate compliance with the highest
standards governing social accountability (SA 8000, issued in 2008, thanks to the first voluntary
pilot program in the maritime industry), environment (UNI EN ISO 14001, 2004), safety (OHSAS
18001, 2007) and quality (UNI EN ISO 9001, 2008) (www.costacruise.com/Best4). All ships in the
Costa fleet have received RINA’s Green Star notation certifying they are operated in compliance
with the highest environmental protection standards. With revenues of 3.1 billion euros and
carrying 2.3 million total guests in 2011, Costa Crociere S.p.A. is the largest Italian travel group
and comprises the brands Costa Cruises, AIDA Cruises and Iberocruceros. Costa Crociere S.p.A.