In order to be sustainable, the tourism sector needs to take into consideration the reduction of CO2 emissions in its strategies starting from one of the most polluting factors: transport. In this regard, big and open data will play a key role.
According to a UNWTO report released in the scope of COP 25, transport-related emissions from tourism are expected to account for 5.3% of all man-made CO2 emissions by 2030 and over 20 % of total transport emissions.
The UNWTO calls for enhanced cooperation between the transport and tourism sectors to effectively transform tourism so that it can contribute to climate action.
This report highlights the need for systematic data collection and analysis to support evidence-based decisions in the tourism sector, notably with the aim of reducing transport emissions and adapting transport infrastructure.
The document provides valuable modelling analysis tools to forecast the evolution of tourism demand across the globe at the international and domestic level.
These tools can also help to calculate the amount of transport-related CO2 emissions of the tourism sector against the current ambition scenario for the decarbonization of transport to meet the targets of the Paris Agreement.
All in all, data continues to be at the heart of the transformation towards carbon-free tourism.
>> UNWTO & ITF report on transport related carbon emissions in the tourism sector