Climate Solutions - The Application

Innovation Challenge on Climate Solutions - The Application


WHO should apply?

  • Destinations (subnational governments, cities, regions, etc.)
  • Research institutions/academia
  • NGO
  • Companies/Startups (not limited to tourism)

WHY apply?

Selected solutions will be recognized by UNWTO as “Flagship Climate Solutions for Tourism Transport” and showcased on the UNWTO website and invited to present their work at special UNWTO events during 2020 and 2021. Additionally, selected Flagship Solutions will be highlighted through various media channels, providing a unique chance to gain international visibility and recognition.

WHAT BENEFITS do selected Flagship Solutions get?

  • UNWTO Network opportunities
  • Speaking opportunities at UNWTO selected events, in particular the World Tourism Forum in Madrid in November 2020 and potentially other events of UNWTO (travels will not be funded)
  • Speaking opportunities at UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow in December 2020 (tbc)
  • Translation of media exposure package into all official languages of the UN (English, French, Spanish, Russian, Arabic, Chinese)
  • Dissemination of media exposure package through reflection of Solutions at dedicated website, press releases, and social media.

WHY does it matter?

  • Tourism has grown continuously over the past decades offering opportunities for socio-economic development, job creation and the preservation of natural and cultural heritage.
  • This growth also comes with great responsibilities, notably with regards to environmental impacts and climate change.
  • According to UNWTO/ITF latest research, in 2016 transport-related emissions from tourism contributed to 5% of all man-made emissions and are to increase to 5.3 % by 2030 if the current ambition of the sector with regards to decarbonization is not increasing.
  • Intra-regional (within the same region) international travel represents 80% of all international arrivals both in 2016 and 2030 and is predominantly done by air, followed by car. Inter-regional (across regions) travel therefore represents 20% of all travel and is almost exclusively (95%) done by air.
  • Transport-related emissions from international tourism are expected to grow 45% from 2016 to 2030 (from 458 Mt CO2 to 665 Mt CO2). Transport-related emissions from domestic tourism are expected to grow by 21% from 2016 to 2030 (from 913 Mt CO2 to 1103 Mt CO2).
  • As transport represents the major component of tourism emissions (approximately 75% of tourism emissions are transport-related), cooperation with the transport sector is essential to support the implementation of a high-ambition scenario for the tourism sector to ensure its contribution to the goals of the Paris Agreement and SDG 13 on Climate Action.
  • The challenge will identify existing approaches that could be applicable in the tourism sector and bring new creative ideas to the forefront of climate action in tourism.

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