The Travel Foundation published a new independent report on March 1st, 2023), titled “Envisioning Tourism in 2030 & Beyond”. The report urges the tourism and transportation sector to unite and take full account of its greenhouse gas emissions.
The report finds only one scenario to achieve net zero by 2050, while allowing for growth. To achieve this scenario, key recommendations include:
- more governments including international aviation emissions in their Paris Agreement plans;
- tourist boards and travel companies targeting a greater proportion of short-haul customer and bringing net zero products to market;
- governments investing in greener forms of transport and the travel industry adopting and promoting them
- relying less on offsetting as a “sticking plaster” solution, focusing instead on decarbonisation;
- the need to consider equity and fairness, recognising that some destinations are more ready for the scenario than others; and
- slowing the expected rapid growth in aviation, with limits on the number of long-haul flights.
The report has been compiled by the Travel Foundation with the Centre of Expertise in Leisure, Tourism and Hospitality, Breda University of Applied Sciences, the European Tourism Futures Institute, and the Netherlands Board of Tourism and Conventions.
You can access the full report and the summary at the Travel Foundation.
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