Wholesalers

Intrepid urges tour operators to reduce emissions with open-source guide

With the world’s leaders gathered at COP26 in Glasgow, Intrepid Travel has released a comprehensive measurement guide to help tour operators decarbonise their business.

There are hopes that COP26 will prompt governments and industries to commit to more ambitious climate action, including halving emissions by 2030.

Tourism contributes a significant industry-wide carbon footprint – pre-pandemic accounting for eight per cent of the world’s total greenhouse gas emissions.

Intrepid is using this moment to call on all tourism businesses to increase their commitment, including measuring and reducing their emissions, in line with a 1.5 degrees Celsius future.

Intrepid’s open-source guide for tour operators to set a science-based target will empower any tour operator with the ability to start measuring their business’s and their supply chain’s carbon footprint.

The guide is authored by Intrepid’s environmental impact specialist, Dr Susanne Etti, and produced in partnership with industry decarbonisation collective Tourism Declares.

It is one sector-specific resource that will be released at COP26 to empower tourism businesses to decarbonise, with others including a net-zero methodology for hotels and other resources.

“You can’t reduce what you don’t measure, and there are few travel companies that really understand the impact they’re having on the planet,” said Etti.

“The critical step is measuring and then reducing your emission. Without that baseline, it is extremely hard to understand the impact of any decarbonisation actions.”

By sharing an open-source version of its methodology, developed with consultancy Ndevr Environmental (also a contributor to the guide), Intrepid hopes to empower other tour operators to measure their own emissions.

“We wanted to create a science-led tool to move the needle on decarbonisation,” Etti said.

“We cannot solve the climate crisis alone and this type of industry-wide collaboration is critical.”

Meanwhile, Intrepid co-founder and chairman Darrell Wade is attending COP26 in his capacity as vice-chair of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) and chair of the Sustainability Committee to advocate for industry-wide tourism action on climate change.

Wade has been instrumental in the development of the Glasgow Declaration, which aims to raise the climate ambition of tourism stakeholders and secure strong actions to support the global commitment to halve emissions by 2030 and reach net zero as soon as possible before 2050.

The declaration will be officially launched at COP26 on 4 November 2021, with Intrepid a signatory.



SEE WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

Leave a Reply

Hotels

Star appoints former Tyro CEO as new boss

Will a new boss mean better chances of winning on the pokies? There’s only one way to find out!

Share

CommentComments

Events

Spencer Travel expo goes off with a bang!

Don’t worry, it didn’t go off with a literal bang – although fireworks are always good fun at an event.

Share

CommentComments

Midweek Interview

Midweek catch-up with Sabre’s Darren Rickey

We caught up with SVP airline global sales at Sabre, who has been living it up in Barcelona and Southern France and honestly, we’re a little offended we weren’t invited.

Share

CommentComments

Hotels

Airbnb officially bans parties

The Airbnb party is officially gone! Now you’ll have to get pissed in a nearby park when you go on holiday.

Share

CommentComments

Hotels

TFE to bring Collection brand to Sydney

Complete with an infinity pool featuring sweeping city views, the new property is touted as a destination in itself, however, we can’t confirm that until we’re offered a free stay.

Share

CommentComments

Cruise

Avalon Waterways offers double Qantas Point incentive

Satisfy your point-junkie clients by scoring them four points per dollar spent on their next luxury river cruise.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Air New Zealand sets roll out date for long awaited bunk-beds in economy class

Praise the travel gods! Passengers will soon have the option to lay down in cattle class and we’re so excited we’ve decided to take our afternoon nap early.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Qantas proposes scrapping bonuses if it is “harmed”

Qantas has copped some bad press lately, but the silver lining is it’s a great excuse for Alan Joyce to get a nice makeover!

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Boeing 737 MAX mid-air emergencies revealed in new investigation

Surprisingly the investigation came from the ABC and not from Air Crash Investigation, which kind of puts the show to shame a bit.

Share

CommentComments

Travel Agents

Western travel agents banned from booking Hajj pilgrimage

Those looking to complete Hajj will have to enter the Hajj lottery, which you are still astronomically more likely to win than the actual lottery.

Share

CommentComments

Wholesalers

Virtuoso uncovers key differences in how each generation travels

Meanwhile, Travel Weekly staff are conducting our own research to tap into the zoomer market by teaching the office dog TikTok dances. It’s not going well.

Share

CommentComments

Cruise

Royal Caribbean Group completes its comeback with all ships back at sea

To honour the milestone, all 63 ships in the group’s fleet sounded their horns at once, which most likely scared the sh*t out of nearby fishing boats and unsuspecting wales across the world.

Share

CommentComments