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WTTC on how to fight climate changes

Climate change is one of the single biggest threats to the world as we know it. However, according to a recent report launched by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), immediate action can reduce current levels of GHG emissions and redesign a sustainable global economy, at the same time as helping to minimize the threat of climate change.

WTTC is the global forum for the Travel & Tourism industry. Members of the Council are Chairs and CEOs of the industry’s foremost 100 Travel & Tourism organisations. In their report entitled Leading the Challenge on Climate Change industry leaders set out a vision for, and commitment to, tackling GHG emissions.
The report underlines the important role of partnership in attaining the vision defined by WTTC and calls for an alignment of goals and efforts among leaders of industry, employees, customers and policy-makers – whether in the commercial or public domain.
So what differentiates this report from the numerous other initiatives surrounding the industry at this time? First, the report features a commitment – which has been endorsed by more than 40 of the world’s largest Travel & Tourism companies – to cut carbon emission levels of 2005 down by half (50% reduction) by 2035. An interim target has also been set to achieve 30% reduction by 2020 – in the presence of an international agreement – or 25% by the same year in the absence of such an agreement.
Second, the report identifies priority areas for action by industry which, if managed effectively, can help attain the targets defined. These actions are framed around themes including, accountability and responsibility; local community growth and capacity building; educating customers and stakeholders; the greening of supply chains; and innovation, capital investment and infrastructure within the industry.

Read the report ‘Leading the challenge on climate change’ at WTTC

This article is written by Majbritt Thomsen, administrator on ‘Views On Tourism’.

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