Cruise firm to partly offset emissions with wind

UNITED STATES: Royal Caribbean Cruises will offset between 10% and 12% of its emissions with electricity generated at a wind farm in Kansas.

The deal will partly offset emissions from Royal Caribbean's cruise ships for 12 years

It has signed a deal with Southern Power, which owns and is co-developing the 200MW Reading facility, providing the economic basis to construct the project.

Power generated by Reading’s 62 Siemens Gamesa turbines will offset part of the cruise holiday company’s emissions for 12 years from 2020 under the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) program.

In the VCS scheme, developers of certified projects are issued credits that can be traded on the open market and retired by companies looking to offset their own emissions.

Reading will consist of 62 Siemens Gamesa turbines: 48 units of the SG-3.2-132 model and 14 of the SG-2.3-108 model.

The manufactuer will also service the site for 20 years.

RES initially developed the 200MW site in Osage and Lyon counties in south-east Kansas, US before Southern Power acquired it in October.

The two companies will jointly develop the project, with RES leading its construction and Southern Power operating and maintaining the facility upon its completion.

They expect to break ground in the second quarter of 2019 and complete the wind farm by the second quarter of 2020.