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Avalon Waterways outlines two-year sustainability pledge

Avalon Waterways has created a “green blueprint” to reiterate its pledge to sustainable operations and plans to introduce the first fully electric river cruise vessel by 2027.

The line made the pledge on Tuesday ahead of an International Day of Action for Rivers which takes place on March 14.

Avalon’s UK chief executive Giles Hawke said progress made in the past two years included investment to minimise energy consumption, emissions and waste.

It has also eliminated single-use plastics onboard ships and in its offices, invested in local suppliers and environmental charities and committed to using shore power.

Hawke said: “In the last decade, we have made great strides in ensuring sustainable, responsible river cruising for our guests and the planet.

“Avalon has invested in a state-of-the-art fleet of Suite Ships and top-of-the-line technology to limit energy, consumption and emissions; plus waste reduction and recycling programs to reduce our environmental footprint, save water and foster a sustainability culture among crew and guests worldwide.”

He added: “The ‘green’ blueprint Avalon Waterways has created for the next two years promises lower emissions, more local food production and sustainable shore excursions.

“But that’s not all. Our commitment also includes plans to unveil the first, fully electric river cruise vessel by 2027.”

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