• Kavishan Dissanayake

Why the next serious chat in Tourism should be on green travel ??

Updated: Jun 15, 2020

Carbon Dioxide generated by transport in the tourism sector could increase by nearly 25% by 2030 and go from 1.597 billion tons in 2016 to 1.998 billion tons in just eleven years, according to a report presented at the United Nations Climate Summit (COP25).

UNWTO - The Global body on Tourism and the International Transport Forum report point out that the sector is making progress in achieving low-emission travel. Hence Carbon emissions per passenger-kilometer is expected to decline over the next decade, but the bad news is that the number of tourists continues to increase and the initiatives will not be sufficient.

According to Sofia Sanchez, transport emissions caused by the tourism sector accounted for 5% of total man-made CO2 emissions in the year of 2016.Greater cooperation between the transport and tourism industries are needed in the future to tackle the issue as this poses a threat to travel in tourism.

Transport-related carbon emissions from tourism accounted for 22% of all transport emissions in 2016 and will remain virtually unchanged in 2030 (21%), according to the Transport Related CO2 Emissions report.

UN Deputy Executive Secretary said that although tourism impact on climate change is considered by many stakeholders as a major concern, not enough has yet been done to tackle it.The executive director of UNWTO, Manuel Butler, said: "It is now up to the tourism sector, and especially those in charge of tourism which include the policy makers of countries , to make efficient use of the data and ensure that the sector plays a leading role in plans to deal with the climate emergency.

So it has come to back to the travel trade professionals to give it a serious thought and decide how to tackle this issue as this will be a challenge to the sustainability of the tourism industry in the near future.

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