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CARMACAL winner UNWTO Award for Innovation in Research and Technology

Thursday, January 19, 2017

CARMACAL, the carbon calculator developed by NHTV's Centre for Sustainable Tourism and Transport and a range of Dutch organisations and tourism companies, has won the 2017 UNWTO Award for Innovation in Research and Technology. The Award was received by Frank Oostdam and Gerben Hardeman of ANVR, at the 13th UNWTO Awards Ceremony & Gala Dinner on 18 January 2017 in Madrid.

CARMACAL enables travel organisations detailed carbon footprinting of their travel packages. 139 submissions from 55 countries were received for the World Tourism Organization’s four innovation award categories. In 2016, CARMACAL also won the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) Tourism for Tomorrow Innovation Award 2016.

“The UNWTO Awards reflect the efforts done worldwide by the tourism community to foster innovation and the need of the sector to advance towards a more sustainable and responsible future” said UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai. “In the last decade the Awards have shown the sector’s high commitment to this goal, which this year has a special meaning as we celebrate the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017,” he added.
Online calculator
The online calculator not only measures flight emissions, but also those of 20 other transport modes, more than half a million accommodations, a range of activities, etcetera, enabling the exact calculation of all emissions of a travel package. Dutch tour operators – members of Dutch Association of Travel Agents and Tour operators ANVR – have already started working with CARMACAL. The calculator’s development was a close cooperation between NHTV’s Centre for Sustainable Tourism and Transport (CSTT), ANVR, HZ University of Applied Sciences, Climate Neutral Group, ECEAT, iBuildings, and more than 10 tour operators.

Paul Peeters, Associate Professor Sustainable Tourism and Transport: “It is quite clear that CARMACAL users are part of a ‘winning team’! This is another encouragement for frontrunners in the tourism industry engaging with climate change.”

More information
UNWTO Press Release
NHTV Press Release (in Dutch)
ANVR Press Release (in Dutch)
CARMACAL webpage