Royal Caribbean discussed some of its environmental policies with the Sun Sentinel to help show their committment to reducing Royal Caribbean's environmental "foot print".
Royal Caribbean claims its cold storage room aboard Oasis of the Seas is the largest cold storage room of any ship in the world. The cold storage room can be used to store many of the recycled items on the ship, such as hazardous waste, incinerator ash and cooking oil.
In addition, Royal Caribbean installed new photo kiosks to reduce paper waste from photos that were never purchased. Royal Caribbean's Associate Vice President of Environmental Programs thinks the kiosks make sense, "Being environmentally-friendly is good business and every organization should strive to cut the amount of waste in their business".
Oasis of the Seas is also equipped with an advanced hull design with ecological coatings that reduce the water resistance of the ship, which has an effect of reducing the amoung of fuel needed. Oasis also has an advanced energy management system to conserve power usage, and thin-film solar panels on its top deck.
Modern hull designs can result in up to 15 percent energy savings and ecological hull coatings up to five percent, according to the Fort Lauderdale-based trade group Cruise Lines International Association.
Pruitt said the Oasis is about 25 percent more energy-efficient than older ships in Royal Caribbean's fleet.