Technical INSTO Webinar on: Climate Action

Technical INSTO Webinar on: Climate Action

Tuesday, 28 September 2021 | 12:00 noon CEST (Madrid Time)

The need for a globally consistent approach for climate action in tourism has been made clear, notably through research into CO2 emissions carried out by UNWTO/ITF and released at the UNFCCC COP25 in December 2019. This showed that transport-related emissions from tourism were forecast to increase by 25% by 2030 from 2016 levels, against the current ambition scenario. Therefore, accelerating climate action in tourism is of utmost importance. Climate action is understood as the efforts to measure and reduce GHG emissions and strengthen the capacity to adapt to climate induced impacts. Key elements in this process are awareness and optimization- the first can be achieved through measurement and disclosure of emissions related to tourism activities and the latter through instruments and strategies to scale up mitigation and adaptation.

Developing monitoring mechanisms that allow destinations to understand CO2 emissions across the value chain and the CO2 implications of investments can trigger a shift towards climate-aware tourism development. It furthermore can help to accelerate the decarbonization of tourism operations, including the development of low carbon transportation options and greener infrastructure.

However, measuring and monitoring climate action in tourism, at a global level, is still in its early stages. For the tourism sector to meaningfully engage in climate action, better qualitative and quantitative data is needed. Such will not only help to better understand the actual situation and impacts of tourism on climate change, but will also be of competitive advantage in the long run, as it will help to mitigate the climate change impacts on a destination and be of increasing interest to tourists, who are choosing more and more sustainable and respectful travel options.  

This fifth technical webinar discussed experiences and lessons learned by selected experts and Members of the UNWTO International Network of Sustainable Tourism Observatories (INSTO) in the field of measuring and monitoring climate action. The webinar stems directly from the 11 mandatory key issue areas for INSTO members, who recently included climate action in their sustainability agenda.

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Advancing Climate Action I: Transport-related CO2 Emissions from the Tourism Sector and NDCs
Dr. Dirk Glaesser, Director, Sustainable Development of Tourism, UNWTO

Advancing Climate Action II: Climate Action Survey and the Glasgow Declaration
Ms. Virginia Fernandez-Trapa, Programme Officer, Sustainable Development of Tourism, UNWTO

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Sustainable Tourism Observatory of South Tyrol (STOST), Italy
Prof. Dr. Harald Pechlaner, Director of the Center for Advanced Studies and Prof. Dr. Anna Scuttari, Project Manager
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Sustainable Tourism Strategy VLC 2030
Mr. Jaume Mata, Head, Sustainable Tourism, Visit València, Spain
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Climate Action CO2rism
Ms. Ingunn Sornes, Special Advisor, Innovation Norway 
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Technical INSTO Webinar on: Climate Action

Organized by the Sustainable Development of Tourism Department of the UNWTO

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