The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has launched a Net Zero Roadmap, which is designed to guide the global travel and tourism industries in tackling the climate crisis.
WTTC developed the roadmap in collaboration with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and Accenture.
The report shows that travel is responsible for an estimated 8-10 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions, and provides guidelines and recommendations to help businesses to reach net zero by 2050.
“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," said Julia Simpson, WTTC President and CEO.
“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 roadmap features decarbonization levers and corresponding actions for five key industries, from accommodation to tour operators to aviation to cruise to tourism intermediaries.
The travel and tourism sector is "taking this opportunity to be a catalyst for change," Simpson added.
"We have a responsibility towards our people and planet. It is absolutely critical that the private and public sector we work collectively to achieve the Paris Agreement and prevent the global rise in temperatures.
“Our sector can be part of the change that is urgently required to mitigate impacts and adapt to the threats posed by climate change.”