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Greener tourism? Transport-related carbon emissions can grow by 25 percent

CO2 emissions created by transportation in the tourism industry could increase by almost 25 percent by 2030 and go from 1.597 billion tons from 2016 to 1.998 billion tons in only twenty-five decades, according to a report presented at the United Nations Climate Summit (COP25).

Carbon emissions per passenger-kilometer are predicted to decrease during the next ten years, but the amount of tourists continues to grow.

Shipping emissions brought on by the tourism industry accounted for 5 percent of total man-made CO2 emissions in 2016. UNWTO calls for increased collaboration between the tourism and transport businesses so that they can fully take part in climate actions.

Transport-related carbon emissions from tourism accounted for 22 percent of transport emissions in 2016 and will stay almost unchanged in 2030 (21 percent ), according to the Transportation Related CO2 Emissions report.

UN Deputy Executive Secretary Ovais Sarmad reported that although tourism influence on climate change has been thought of by many stakeholders as a significant concern, not enough has been done to handle it.

The executive manager of UNWTO, Manuel Butler, stated: “It’s now up into the tourism industry, and notably those in control of tourism, to make efficient use of their information and make sure that the industry plays a major role in strategies to manage the climate crisis.