by Anne Franze-Jordanov
We are proud to be a signatory of the Glasgow Declaration on Climate Action in Tourism which means that LT&C commits to support the global commitment to halve emissions by 2030 and reach Net Zero as soon as possible before 2050.
The Glasgow Declaration on Climate Action in Tourism has been developed by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) in cooperation with over 30 organisations. It unites travel and tourism behind a standard set of pathways for climate action, aligning the sector with global commitments and catalysing collaborative solutions to the many challenges facing businesses and destinations globally.
As a signatory, we commit to delivering a concrete climate action plan within 12 months of signing. The plans will align with the five pathways of the Declaration (Measure, Decarbonise, Regenerate, Collaborate, Finance) to accelerate and coordinate climate action in tourism. We will report progress towards interim and long-term targets and ongoing activities and work in a collaborative spirit. We will share good practices and solutions and disseminate information to encourage additional organisations to support one another to reach targets as quickly as possible.
“This commitment adds sensitively to our basic focus to help making tourism a major supporter of the Sustainable Development Goals on the protection of Biodiversity (SDGs 14 & 15)”, emphasises Peter Prokosch, Chairman of LT&C. “The protection of nature and climate need to be seen together as they complement each other. And tourism can and must play a leading role to achieve both the global climate and biodiversity goals”
The Glasgow Declaration on Climate Action in Tourism brings together the latest research and global expertise to galvanise climate action. It will be hosted within the One Planet Sustainable Tourism Programme’s website, supported by Recommended Actions for tourism stakeholders worldwide to consider as part of their action planning, alongside other resources. As the declaration states: “A just transition to Net Zero before 2050 will only be possible if tourism’s recovery accelerates the adoption of sustainable consumption and production, and redefines our future success to consider not only economic value but rather the regeneration of ecosystems, biodiversity and communities.”
About the One Planet network Sustainable Tourism Programme
The One Planet Sustainable Tourism Programme has the overall objective to enhance the sustainable development impacts of the tourism sector by 2030, by developing, promoting and scaling up sustainable consumption and production practices that boost the efficient use of natural resources while producing less waste and addressing the challenges of climate change, loss of biodiversity and pollution. The Sustainable Tourism Programme is part of the One Planet network, a multi-stakeholder partnership to implement SDG 12 on Sustainable Consumption and Production. https://www.oneplanetnetwork.org/programmes/sustainable-tourism