Travel to issue net zero roadmap at COP26

A travel industry net zero roadmap to support the sector in combating climate change has been revealed by the World Travel & Tourism Council.

Social and environmental research data will also be produced at the UN COP26 climate change conference in Glasgow as the WTTC oversees a drive towards net zero by 2050.

The net zero roadmap will include an overview of climate actions in travel and tourism, direct lessons learned from the the past 18 months, and action frameworks for specific industries to help accelerate climate commitments and emissions reduction.

The initiative is being run in collaboration with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and professional services and consulting experts Accenture.

WTTC pledged to regularly monitor and update the climate action inventory research, providing continuous updates until the sector’s targets are achieved.

The announcements were made at a virtual ‘Net Zero Travel & Tourism – From Ambition to Action’ event attended by industry leaders including Carnival Corporation chief Arnold Donald.

WTTC president and chief executive Julia Simpson said: “The launch of our Net Zero Roadmap for the travel and tourism sector and development of sector-wide data to measure our success are major steps to show how travel and tourism is playing its part in addressing climate change.

“WTTC, alongside our partners and sponsors, looks forward to offering tangible and meaningful solutions to meet the climate change challenge.

“In collaboration with UNEP and Accenture, WTTC will launch the net zero roadmap for the travel and tourism sector at COP26 in Glasgow next month. This is a major new initiative that will support our industries on their journeys to become net zero.

“As a sector, we are aware that not all industries can achieve such goals at the same time, which is why our Net Zero Roadmap will be so critical.

“As the new president and CEO of WTTC, I am committed to putting climate change front and centre of everything we do.”

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