The damaging effects of CO2 emissions from tourism could eventually be eliminated if travelers paid just US$11 per trip, according to a new study published in the Journal of Sustainable Tourism.
The new study, led by 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.
This infographic shows:
- the potential reduction in carbon emissions in Mton CO2 if tourism decarbonized, and the increase in emissions if it does not
- the projected growth of the global tourism industry and the costs to decarbonize
- what $11 buys travellers in a range of countries
- sources of CO2 emissions in tourism
- how tourism emissions compare to emissions of the top 10 CO2 emitting countries