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ABTA launches climate change project

ABTA and Deloitte are collaborating on a new project that aims to advance the industry’s understanding of and actions on climate change.

Over the next year, ABTA – The Travel Association and Deloitte will be collaborating on a range of activities to help ABTA Members understand climate change and see what decarbonisation looks like across the industry. It aims to provide guidance on how travel and tourism businesses can deliver meaningful action when it comes to addressing climate change, from hotels and aviation to cruise, ground transport and tourist destinations.

The project aims to engage senior leaders from ABTA-member travel companies, to provide support to develop a meaningful response to climate change within the industry. The project will build on the work from ABTA’s Tourism for Good report.

It was launched at ABTA’s Decarbonising Tourism event today (November 11), which saw around 150 people from across the industry coming together to hear about the industry’s action to transition towards net zero.

Mark Tanzer, Chief Executive of ABTA – The Travel Association said:

“Climate change is a global threat and the travel industry, along with all other businesses and government, has an important role to play in reducing carbon emissions. We have seen some good progress in recent years – including progress towards the development of sustainable aviation fuels and a number of businesses across travel and tourism setting targets and reporting carbon reductions, but that work needs to be scaled up and continue as a matter of urgency.

“Through this collaboration we want to further develop the industry’s understanding of climate change and engage senior leaders in what they need to be thinking about for their businesses and the meaningful actions they can take.”

Alistair Pritchard, lead partner for travel and aviation at Deloitte, said:

“With the imperative to transition to net zero we are collaborating with ABTA on driving sustainability and addressing climate change in the sector. We recognise that the industry has been through an extremely challenging period and recovery is an immediate focus, but we hope we will be able to support ABTA members and the wider travel eco-system understand and tackle the transformative changes that businesses need to undertake.

“Our collaboration will involve bringing greater clarity for the sector on the changes required to help business leaders plot their course to a more sustainable future.”