The organization plans to halve its operational CO2 emissions by 2030 and support its members on the journey to Net Zero.
THE European Travel Commission (ETC) launches the Climate Action Plan. To address the urgency of climate action, the plan commits to halving emissions produced by ETC’s operations by 2030, as well as supporting commitment to climate action among member National Tourism Organizations and to show the way to European tourism operators.
As her signatory Glasgow Declaration on Climate Action in Tourism, ETC understands that the link between tourism and climate change is undeniable. The tourism industry has both a responsibility and an opportunity to protect the resources it depends on, including the natural environment, wildlife and cultural heritage, which bring travel experiences to life.
Speaking at the launch of ETC’s Climate Action Plan, its chairman, Luis Araújohe said: “Addressing the challenges of climate change, building a more resilient and regenerative sector and restoring and revitalizing destination resources should be a priority and responsibility for all tourism stakeholders. With this comprehensive plan, ETC not only strives to achieve carbon neutrality in its operations, but also to empower ETC members to take bold climate action and inspire the tourism industry for important initiatives.”.
The Climate Action Plan was presented at the 105th ETC General Assembly in Tallinn, Estonia, hosted by the Visit Estonia. This year, Tallinn holds the title of European Green Capital, thanks to its commitment to biodiversity, sustainable governance and climate and ‘green’ innovation.
Paving the way to Net Zero
At the operational level, ETC will focus on reducing the footprint caused by its operational activities by targeting its CO2 emissions hotspots: business travel, events and FAM travel and travel for influencers. The organization’s goal is to reach Net Zero before 2050.
Through the Climate Action Plan, ETC also aims to build on its role as an ‘umbrella’ organization for NTOs in Europe. ETC will play a catalytic role and support its national members to commit to a “green” transition, creating opportunities for collective action in Europe and providing technical support on the transition to Net Zero.
Some key initiatives included in the Climate Action Plan are:
- A 7% annual reduction in emissions to meet the interim target in 2030.
- Establishment of a Climate Action Working Group within the organization.
- Develop a plan to improve the skills and knowledge of ETC members in climate action.
- Creation of an online platform for ETC members to share best practice examples, case studies and tools related to climate action.
The Climate Action Plan outlines ETC’s commitment to lead by example and raise industry awareness of environmental action. The organization aims to promote the urgency of a “green” transition in tourism, strengthen cooperation between tourism stakeholders and accelerate climate action globally.
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