//ABTA discusses decarbonising tourism

ABTA discusses decarbonising tourism

“Big problems don’t always have big solutions”: ABTA’s chief executive Mark Tanzer addresses ABTA members on balancing the benefits with the costs of decarbonising tourism.

As leaders from across the globe come together at COP26 to discuss how to move towards a net zero world, ABTA is highlighting the role that the travel and tourism industry has to play in tackling climate change, through a new video message on decarbonising tourism and an industry webinar on sustianability.

According to Mark Tanzer, the challenge that tourism professionals face is balancing the benefits with the costs of decarbonising. In the video message, he reiterated  ABTA’s commitment to working with members to meet tourism’s sustainability challenges, both environmental and social, as laid out in ABTA’s Tourism for Good report.

ABTA is also working towards lower carbon aviation with airline partners, with the aviation sector committing to achieve net zero by 2050. Then, the travel association’s Travelife for Accommodation helps the industry manage sustainability across the supply chain, accrediting hotels that improve their environmental footprint.

For Tanzer, even small actions towards sustainability are important to help the industry move towards a decarbonised future.

To help members understand the implications of COP26 for travel businesses and how travel companies can take action to reduce carbon emissions to reach net zero, ABTA will be running a free webinar for members on November 11. Non-members can also attend for a small fee. Register for the event through ABTA’s website.

The event will cover:

  • Highlights of COP26 and top line implications for travel businesses
  • Tour operator innovation example on how they are setting and meeting carbon targets
  • How hotels and accommodation can look forward to net zero
  • How aviation can transition to net zero
  • How tourist destinations are planning for and adapting to climate change

ABTA has many other resources to help members develop a sustainability approach that is right for their business. These materials can be found in the MemberZone.