Climate Action in the Tourism Sector: An overview of methodologies and tools to measure greenhouse gas emissions
This report provides an overview of GHG emissions measurement in tourism alongside an assessment of the sector’s climate action efforts. It summarises current methodologies, establishing the approaches and frameworks guiding measurement and the tools available for practitioners to measure emissions. It also explores how the development of such methodologies and tools has progressed and what more needs to be done to support the sector to measure its emissions. In doing so, it advances the implementation of the Glasgow Declaration on Climate Action in Tourism, for which measurement is the first pathway that signatories are requested to adopt.
This report was developed by UNWTO with support from the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection of Germany (BMU) and is released in collaboration with UN Climate Change (UNFCCC). The research was implemented within the framework of the Sustainable Tourism Programme of the One Planet Network in the support of the Glasgow Declaration on Climate Action in Tourism.
There is a growing consensus among tourism stakeholders as to how the future resilience of tourism will depend on the sector’s ability to embrace a low carbon pathway and cut emissions by 50% by 2030
The Glasgow Declaration is a catalyst for increased urgency about the need to accelerate climate action in tourism and to secure strong commitments to support the global goals to halve emissions over the next decade and reach Net Zero emissions as soon as possible before 2050.