Our vacations could be effectively decarbonised and rendered environmentally harmless – from an emissions perspective, at least – if the tourism sector makes substantial investments in carbon offsetting and emissions abatement initiatives from now until 2050, according to a new study.
“The tourism sector has pledged to reduce its CO2 emissions [by] 50 percent by 2035,“ said Daniel Scott, an environmental management researcher from the University of Waterloo in Canada. ”Our study demonstrates this is achievable, but will require determined action and significant investment – starting at just under US$1 billion annually [in the] 2020s.”
That might sound like a lot, but the relative cost at the outset of the scheme would be less than 0.1 percent of the estimated global tourism economy in 2020, which could be easily shouldered by travellers if the burden was added like a surcharge to individual journeys.
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