Silversea Cruises recognised for environmental management practices

Silversea Cruises recognised for environmental management practices
Edited by Travel Weekly

    Silversea Cruises has become the first tour operator to gain certification in environmental management in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador.

    The ultra-luxury and expedition cruise line is the first operator to divert all waste from landfill disposal in the Galapagos.

    Silversea classifies and sorts all waste generated aboard Silver Origin, before transporting all but organic waste out of the Galapagos Islands to the mainland to be recycled or processed in line with regulatory procedures. The cruise line also receives a traceability document that verifies the responsible movement and disposal of all waste.

    Using a local waste management company, Silversea offloads all waste in San Cristobal each week. Carboards, plastics and crushed glass are recycled, while the remaining refuse is transported to Guayaquil on Ecuador’s mainland by marine transportation.

    Once in Guayaquil, the refuse is collected and recycled or processed, in line with environmental legislation and the best sustainability practices including the use of refuse oil to fuel incinerators. 

    “We are very proud to become the first tour operator to gain this certification in environmental management—a representation of our long-term commitment to sustainability and conservation in the Galapagos Islands,” VP & GM, Silversea Cruises, Gabriela Naranjo, said. 

    “We started this initiative in 2020, entering into a partnership with an airline to transport recyclable waste out of the archipelago to the mainland. We are delighted to have taken the next step on our sustainability journey, diverting all waste from landfill in the Galapagos to dispose of it responsibly—with full traceability.”

    “This initiative is just one of the many examples of how Silversea is working to safeguard the fragile ecosystem of the Galapagos for future generations.”

    Aerial view of the, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador. (iStock – 4FR)

    The Silversea Fund For The Galapagos

    With the aim of safeguarding the Galapagos Islands’ ecological integrity for future generations, Silversea launched the Silversea Fund for the Galapagos in 2019 to support a diverse selection of education and conservation projects each year.

    The fund strengthens the balance between humans and nature in the archipelago, as part of a long-term sustainability strategy. In addition to benefiting regional conservation efforts and enhancing their connection with this unique destination, the fund’s donors enjoy savings on Silversea’s voyages, as the cruise line matches guests’ contributions in the form of a Future Cruise Credit.

    Locally Sourced Produce

    Silversea’s commitment to sustainability in the Galapagos extends to its culinary offering on board Silver Origin. If produce grows in the archipelago, the cruise line endeavours to buy it locally. Silversea has increased its sourcing of local ingredients in the Galapagos fivefold in recent years, working closely with independent farmers and suppliers on Santa Cruz and San Cristobal to nurture long-term solutions, strengthen the local economy, and support ongoing conservation efforts.

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