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WTTC: Travel & Tourism Sector Emissions Less Than Previously Believed


New data unveiled by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) show the Travel & Tourism sector is not contributing what it was once thought to be contributing to the planet’s greenhouse gas emissions total. Previous estimates have suggested that the global Travel & Tourism sector was responsible for up to 11 percent of all emissions. However, WTTC’s Environmental & Social Research (ESR) shows that in 2019 the sector’s greenhouse gas emissions totaled just 8.1 percent globally. That 8.1 percent is a big “just” but good news nevertheless—but certainly not reason to slow efforts to improve efficiency.

According to WTTC, emissions have been falling consistently since 2010 as the result of technological developments, as well as the introduction of several energy efficiency measures across industries within the sector. Between 2010 and 2019 the sector’s GDP grew on average 4.3 percent annually while its environmental footprint only increased by 2.4 percent.

The findings were launched at WTTC’s 22nd Global Summit in Riyadh by WTTC and the Saudi-based Sustainable Global Tourism Center. This comprehensive research covers 185 countries across all regions and will be updated each year with the latest figures.

Social Data Also Included in Research

Ongoing ESR will include measures of the sector’s impact against a range of indicators, including pollutants, energy sources, water use, as well as social data, including age, wage and gender profiles of Travel & Tourism related employment. WTTC will continue to announce new data on how the sector fares against these indicators throughout 2023.

Julia Simpson, President & CEO of WTTC, said, “Until now we did not have a sector-wide way to accurately measure our climate footprint. This data will give governments the detailed information they need to make progress against the Paris Agreement and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Travel & Tourism is making huge strides to decarbonize, but governments must set the framework. We need a steely focus on increasing the production of sustainable aviation fuels with government incentives. The technology exists. We also need greater use of renewable energy in our national grids—so when we turn on a light in a hotel room, it is using a sustainable energy source.”

Many governments around the world are making significant sustainable energy advancements. For example, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, renewable energy sources (i.e., biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar, wind) provided almost 23 percent of the United States’ electrical generation during the first three-quarters of 2022. Yet, the U.S. easily ranks No. 2 among the top five producers of emissions, as of 2019: China, U.S., India, Russia, Japan. The world’s top five leaders in renewable energy production, as a percentage of their own country’s energy production: Sweden, Costa Rica, Scotland, Iceland and Germany.

Kudos to WTTC for this groundbreaking research and for committing to continue it for years to come.

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Green Lodging News Adds REV Energy Ventures Case Study to Website

Green Lodging News has added a REV Energy Ventures case study to its website. The case study details how REV Energy Ventures worked with Host Hotels & Resorts to develop and implement a corporate renewable energy strategy to increase onsite solar PV across Host’s U.S. portfolio.

Since 2011, REV performed high level portfolio analysis to identify solar opportunities and in-depth feasibility assessments on over 100 hotel properties. The assessments enabled Host to invest approximately $17M in solar projects in Hawaii, Arizona and Washington, D.C. where REV provided turnkey services managing the whole project development lifecycle.

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