Travellers are more concerned than ever with the effects of climate change and they increasingly expect the travel industry to share their concerns. We’ve been working with our partners to strengthen sustainability in this regard and our latest initiative underscores our commitment.
We’ve joined forces with Griffith University in Australia, one of the world’s leading academic institutions in tourism studies, to analyse the reporting of greenhouse gas emissions and to discuss climate change in the travel and tourism industry.
Co-authored by both organisations, the forthcoming research paper Proving the case: Carbon reporting in travel and tourism will be officially launched November 11 at the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Marrakesh in collaboration with the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
The COP 22 will begin preparations for entry into the Paris Agreement to limit global warming to below 2°C. During the session and the side events there will be discussions on carbon reporting with other experts in this area, who will recommend the next steps to take.
Dr Susanne Becken, Director of the Griffith Institute for Tourism and Professor of Sustainable Tourism at Griffith University, Australia, and Lucas Bobes, Amadeus’ Group Environmental Officer, are the co-authors of the research paper. They shared with us some of the key takeaways from the study in this joint interview.