Tourism Climate Action
CLIMATE CHANGE & TOURISM
Tourism & Climate Change
The tourism sector is highly vulnerable to climate change. At the same time, tourism contributes to the emission of greenhouse gases (GHG), the cause of global warming. Accelerating climate action in tourism is therefore of utmost importance for the resilience of the sector.
Therefore, the need to scale up climate action in tourism remains urgent.
In 2020, the One Planet Vision for a responsible recover of the tourism sector was adopted with the aim to emerge stronger and more sustainable from the COVID-19 crisis. Climate action occupies a central place in the Vision, which calls for monitoring and reporting CO2 emissions from tourism, promoting the introduction of science-based targets, accelerating the decarbonization of tourism operations and engaging the tourism sector in carbon removal.
In May 2021, the G20 Tourism Ministers welcomed the UNWTO Recommendations for the Transition to a Green Travel and Tourism Economy, acknowledging that there is a “growing consensus that recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic must also tackle the underlying reasons and sustainability challenges.”
UNWTO led a review of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and National Tourism Policies in 2022 which identified that references to the tourism sector are made in 53% of NDCs (from 42% in 2019) and references to climate change are made in 62% of National Tourism Policies (from 42% in 2019).