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HX (Hurtigruten Expeditions) publishes ESG Report 2023:  Calls for more transparency in the global travel industry

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HX (Hurtigruten Expeditions) publishes ESG Report 2023: Calls for more transparency in the global travel industry

London, UK (April 30, 2024)HX, the leader in expedition cruising, proudly announces the publication of the latest Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) report, showcasing remarkable achievements in emissions reduction, environmental conservation, community engagement, and advancements in the people sector; all of which underscore HX's unwavering commitment to environmental stewardship and responsible business practices.

The publication of HX's ESG results emphasizes its transparent, proactive and innovative approach to sustainability, aiming to set a benchmark for the industry to follow. HX also calls upon other actors in the expedition cruise category to be transparent in their ESG efforts to help drive the positive change forward.

In 2023 HX, as part of Hurtigruten Group, received the best ESG Ranking of a Cruise Company from Morningstar Sustainalytics, and was the only cruise company to be awarded a Low ESG Risk Rating. Sustainalytics is one of the most reputable independent arbiters of ESG credentials and action.

"Adventure travel serves as a catalyst for advocating on behalf of communities, environments, and wildlife impacted by climate change," emphasized Daniel Skjeldam, CEO of HX. "Our responsibility lies in ensuring that these experiences are conducted responsibly. Recognizing the carbon footprint inherent in our industry, our focus is on proactive measures to prevent emissions”.

"As we celebrate the milestones outlined in our ESG results, we call upon our industry peers to join us in prioritizing transparency and accountability in our sustainability efforts. By openly sharing our progress and challenges, we can collectively drive meaningful change and ensure a more sustainable future for all."

Highlights of the ESG report include:

  • Emissions reductions: Reduced Scope 1 emissions per available gu est night by 18% since 2022 (despite an accompanying 10% increase in distance travelled); 51% reduction of NOx emissions and 47% reduction of SOx emissions.
  • Waste reductions: 20% reduction in total waste which, given increased sailings in 2023, translates to a more than 30% reduction in waste per available guest night. Additionally, water consumption on board has been reduced by 16% per guest, while food waste was reduced by 22%.
  • Science achievements: Record year for the HX Science programme, as more than 1800 cruise nights were donated to scientists working on more than 30 different projects - from whale population health to microplastic measurements.
  • Women in senior leadership: An increase from 29% to 41%** on-land
  • Cadet programme graduates: First Cadets graduating into ship leadership positions, just over one year after establishing the programme.

Reducing Emissions and Protecting Nature

HX has made significant strides in cutting emissions and reducing waste throughout the past year. Despite a 10% increase in distance sailed, emissions per available guest night have been reduced by 18% compared to 2022. This achievement is attributed to HX's investment in hybrid technology and energy optimization strategies. These include the implementation of optimized sailing routes, reduced sailing speeds, and the utilization of shore power in the port of Reykjavik.

HX has reduced waste by 20% overall through a combination of initiatives such as banning single use plastic, reformulation of menus to reduce food waste and the provision of water bottles and refill stations for all our guests.

"The ESG report underscores our enduring commitment to environmental stewardship, community empowerment, and responsible tourism. We steadfastly pursue our mission to establish pioneering standards for expedition cruising while ensuring unforgettable experiences for our guests," Skjeldam stated. Through 2023, HX has contributed significantly to science, donating more than 1800 cruise nights to scientists from institutions such as the University of Tasmania and the Friedlander Lab at University of Santa Cruz.

Finally, guests demonstrate their support for HX's sustainability efforts by actively engaging in citizen science initiatives. Through contributions such as uploading data on whale sightings and cloud formations to global monitoring efforts, they play a crucial role in environmental conservation. Additionally, their participation in beach clean-ups has resulted in the removal of over three tonnes of waste from some of the world's most remote areas."

Maximizing Community Benefits

All HX ships provide Green Stays*, a program where cabins are not serviced, and HX donates to the Hurtigruten Foundation in exchange. This initiative yields significant benefits, reducing water, electricity, and cleaning product usage by up to 43% per guest. In 2023, 26% of guest nights were green stays, up from 20% in 2022.

HX continues to prioritize community well-being and engagement, focusing on supporting the people and partners in the destinations we visit. The Hurtigruten Foundation has had a record year in guest contributions – raising over 800,000 euros in donations to distribute to over 71 different causes in the places to which we travel including:

  • Investigating Humpback Whale population health in Antarctica
  • Protecting Coral Reefs in Panama Through Local Stewardship
  • Removing Hazardous Waste from Abandoned Whaling Stations on South Georgia

"We consistently highlight responsible travel as a force for good, prioritizing meaningful exploration and value creation over mass tourism. Initiatives such as supporting local schools, employing local talent, and engaging in charitable endeavours underscore HX’s holistic approach to community engagement," stated Skjeldam.

For HX highlights from the 2023 ESG report, please visit here.

For the full Group Report, please visit here.

For more information on HX's sustainability efforts, please visit the Hurtigruten Group website.

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About HX

HX set out on a journey of exploration from its homeland in Norway in 1896. Driven by a passion to discover what lies beyond the horizon, they sailed in the wake of the pioneering seafarers who were redrawing the world’s boundaries. Today, HX is the leading expedition cruise company, taking guests to over 250 destinations in more than 30 countries worldwide. With onboard lectures and science centres, HX is committed to ensuring guests return home with a deep understanding and love of the places they explore.

HX is on a mission to be the world’s most-sustainable expedition company. They led the industry by being the first to ban heavy fuel oil and single-use plastics. In 2019, HX unveiled the world's first battery hybrid-powered cruise ship.

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HX has been taking adventure travelers to unique and inspirational destinations off the beaten path since founding expedition cruising in 1896. The expedition expert currently offers over 150 itineraries across five continents aboard six custom-built 90 to 500 berth expedition cruise ships, including the two world’s first battery-hybrid expedition ships.

As an integral part of the Hurtigruten Group, HX operates alongside sister companies Hurtigruten and Hurtigruten Svalbard, collectively redefining the expedition cruise experience and setting new standards for responsible travel. With headquarters in London, HX boasts a distinguished fleet of six ships, including esteemed hybrids such as MS Roald Amundsen and MS Fridtjof Nansen. From the breathtaking landscapes of the Arctic to the pristine wilderness of Antarctica, and voyages spanning equatorial destinations like the Galapagos Islands, HX offers a diverse array of unforgettable adventures, each meticulously crafted to ensure an unparalleled experience.

HX is part of Hurtigruten Group which consist of HX, Hurtigruten and Hurtigruten Destinations.

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Johnny Stanley-Brown

Johnny Stanley-Brown

Head of PR (UK & EMEA) Hurtigruten Expeditions & Hurtigruten +447570674466
Becca Singelenberg

Becca Singelenberg

PR and Communications Manager Hurtigruten Expeditions, Global +1 (301)-785-8163
Anne Solsvik

Anne Solsvik

Press contact VP Communication and Public Affairs Hurtigruten +47 99598796
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