Global tourism carbon footprint measured for the first time

Published on : Tuesday, May 8, 2018

AAEAAQAAAAAAAAWGAAAAJGVmMDg3N2MyLTY3OTgtNDkzNS04ZmZkLTU2NzkxYjMyMGJkNQ-698x400In 2013, international travel caused a carbon footprint of about 1 Gt CO2-e, or 23 percent of the global carbon footprint of tourism.

 
For the first time, global tourism footprint has been quantified across the supply chain – from flights to souvenirs, and has been found to be a significant and growing contributor to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

 
Small islands attract an unequal share of carbon emissions, considering their small populations, along with international arrivals, while the United States is responsible for the majority of tourism-generated emissions overall.

 
The research led by renowned Integrated Sustainability Analysis supply-chain research group at the University of Sydney found that the global comprehensive tourism footprint of tourism-related greenhouse gas emissions is about four times greater than previous estimates. It is growing faster than international trade and is already responsible for almost a tenth of global GHGs.

 
The researchers are of the opinion that financial and technical assistance could help share challenges like global warming on winter sports, sea-level rise on low-lying islands and pollution impacts on exotic and vulnerable destinations.


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