Published on : Saturday, November 13, 2021
With world leaders coming together in Glasgow for COP26 to discuss solid actions to solve the climate crises, the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has launched an ambitious and groundbreaking Net Zero Roadmap, for guiding the global Travel & Tourism sector to tackle climate crisis.
WTTC, representing the global Travel & Tourism private sector, developed the roadmap along withwith the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and Accenture.
The roadmap provides concrete guidelines and recommendations to assist Travel & Tourism businesses on their journey toward net zero.
By providing milestones for important climate action and emissions reduction for different industries within the sector, the roadmap figures out the problems lying ahead and how the Travel & Tourism sector can decarbonise and reach net zero by 2050.
The report substantiates how tourism is highly impacted by climate change, affecting destinations around the world, and also responsible for an estimated 8-10% of global greenhouse gas emissions (GHG).
Tourism, therefore, has a significant role to play in combating climate change, which will need heightened ambitions and differentiated decarbonisationmethods, as specified in the roadmap.
Julia Simpson, WTTC President & CEO, said: “I am delighted to announce our pioneering Net Zero Roadmap for Travel & Tourism. It helps travel industries reach individual targets to reduce our carbon footprint.Many destinations are affected by the impacts of climate change with rising sea levels, deforestation and the loss of animal and plant species. Communities that rely on tourism are first in line to see the impact and wanting to do something about it.The Travel & Tourism sector is taking this opportunity to be a catalyst for change. We have a responsibility towards our people and planet.”