The World Travel and Tourism Council has announced the launch of a Net Roadmap for the Travel and Tourism sector to support the industry in combatting climate change during its virtual climate week event.
The announcement also covered the launch of social and environmental research data, the first to be produced for the entire sector- this will build upon the WTTC’s highly anticipated annual Economic Impact Report (EIR).
The WTTC’s work will highlight the importance being placed on the sector’s drive towards net zero by 2025.
In partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme and professional services and consulting experts, Accenture, WTTC made the announcement at its virtual ‘Net Zero Travel and Tourism- From ambition to Action’ event in NYC today (Thursday 23rd September).
Julia Simpson, WTTC President & CEO, said:
“The launch of our Net Zero Roadmap for the Travel & Tourism sector and development of sector wide data to measure our success are major steps to show how Travel & 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 & 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 & CEO of WTTC, I am committed to putting climate change front and centre of everything we do.”
The Net Zero Roadmap will include a status quo overview of climate actions in Travel & Tourism, direct lessons learned from the past 18 months, and will include action frameworks for specific industries to help accelerate climate commitments and emissions reduction.