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The urgency of climate change is more evident than ever, as emphasised by the 2021 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report. Travel & Tourism is strongly affected by its impacts, but as many other sectors, is also an important emitter of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, thereby actively contributing to climate change. It is therefore of utmost importance to decarbonise the sector as quickly as possible and reach net zero by 2050.
Driving Climate Action: A Net Zero Roadmap for Travel & Tourism
This report aims to offer a better understanding of the status quo of climate action of Travel & Tourism businesses within selected industries, as well as current challenges, opportunities and needs.
It also provides a decarbonisation corridor framework demonstrating what net zero journeys could look like for different types of businesses and gives guidance and recommendations on potential climate action.
Watch back: A Net Zero Roadmap for Travel and Tourism
A Message from Julia Simpson
COP26: United for the Planet
COP26: A Call to Action
COP26: A More Sustainable Future
We are at a critical point in the climate crisis
WTTC has put climate change front and centre of its priorities. The organisation is engaged in a variety of different initiatives, working closely with its Members and partners to find solutions for this global challenge, with the objective to move towards a net zero emission future for the sector.
Driven by our Members and the real desire to build back better, WTTC is committed to continuing its efforts to support the sector in combatting climate change through a range of activities including advocacy, research, guidance and collaboration with an incredible network of partners and businesses.
The journey so far
The historic adoption of the Paris Agreement in 2015 to limit global warming to 1.5°C
The first step was taken in 2019 when WTTC became a signatory to UNFCCC’s Climate Neutral Now (CNN) initiative and announced a first aspirational target for the sector to be climate neutral by 2050
Adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development with its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including Goal 17 on Climate Action
The 2019 UN Climate Action Summit
A global movement of younger generation demanding stronger and more targeted actions from governments and businesses worldwide
Where we are now
Glasgow Declaration: An urgent global call for commitment to a decade of climate action for Tourism
Net zero is achieved when no incremental greenhouse gases are added to the atmosphere. This means that carbon emissions are balanced with the removal of carbon from the atmosphere (e.g. by certified carbon capture, forests, etc.). According to the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, we should aim to achieve net zero globally by 2050, at the latest, to avert climate disaster. For more information, read the UNFCCC Race to Zero campaign’s guide to net zero.
2. What is the Race to Zero?
The Race to Zero is a global UN-backed campaign to rally leadership and support from businesses, cities, regions, and investors for a healthy, resilient, and zero-carbon recovery that prevents future threats, creates decent jobs and unlocks inclusive, sustainable growth. All members are committed to the same minimum requirements: halving emissions by 2030 and achieving net-zero by 2050 at the very latest. They are also aligned to the same overarching meta-criteria: to pledge, plan, proceed and publish. This campaign focuses on mitigation, but our sister campaign, the Race to Resilience, focuses on climate adaptation.
WTTC invites and urges all its members to participate in the recently launched Climate Friendly Travel Registry for 2050 Climate Neutral & Sustainability Ambitions. This registry is a platform built in close cooperation with UNFCCC and linked directly to the UN Climate Action Portal. It allows Travel & Tourism organisations to declare transparently and progressively the advancement of their carbon reduction ambitions through to 2050.
Launched together with SUNx Malta, and part of WTTC’s ambition to support the sector and its members achieve climate neutrality by 2050, this important tool not only allows you to register and give visibility to your own climate activities but also to be able to see and learn from the activities and initiatives of others.