Decarbonizing tourism: would you pay US$ 11 for a carbon-free holiday?

According to a new study published in the Journal of Sustainable Tourism the damaging effects of CO2 emissions from tourism could eventually be eliminated if travelers paid just US$11 per trip.

Professor Scott, found that the most cost effective strategy for the tourism industry to meet the United Nations’ recommended targets of reducing carbon emissions, includes a combination of strategic energy saving and renewable energy initiatives within the industry and buying carbon offsets from other parts of the global economy where emission reductions can be done at less cost.

“The tourism sector has pledged to reduce its CO2 emissions 50 per cent by 2035. Our study demonstrates this is achievable, but will require determined action and significant investment – starting at just under US$1 billion annually 2020s,” said Professor Scott. “Divided equally among all domestic and international trips that’s about a US$11 cost per trip – basically the same price as many modest travel fees and taxes.”
Read the full article on The University of Waterloo News 

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Infografic from professor Scott &  The University of Waterloo

 

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