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Funding for CARMATOP - “Carbon management for tour operators”!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

The Centre for Sustainable Tourism and Transport will get government subsidy for the RAAK-MKB project “Carbon management for tour operators” (CARMATOP). Besides NHTV, eleven tour operators, ANVR, HZ, Climate Neutral Group and ECEAT will participate in this 2-year project.

The project goal of CARMATOP is to develop and test new knowledge about the measurement of tour package carbon footprints and translate this into a simple application which allows tour operators to integrate carbon management into their daily operations. By doing this Dutch tour operators are international frontrunners.

Carbon management is the strategic management of emissions in one’s business. This is becoming more important for businesses, also in tourism, because of several economical, societal and political developments. For tour operators some of the most important factors asking for action are increasing energy costs, international aviation policy, pressure from society to become greener, increasing demand for green trips, and the wish to obtain a green image and become a frontrunner among consumers and colleagues in doing so.

The Centre for Sustainable Tourism and Transport (CSTT) has much experience in measuring tourism emissions and developing strategies to mitigate emissions, amongst others through its annual research towards the carbon emissions of Dutch holidaymakers (the Travelling Large reports) and e.g. a carbon management project for tour operator Sawadee, recently awarded with a Responsible Tourism Award.

RAAK-MKB is a subsidy programme for universities of applied sciences from the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW), aimed at improving knowledge exchange to enlarge the innovation capacity of SME businesses. The programme is executed by Stichting Innovatie Alliantie (SIA). De funding for this project is about €300,000.

Project leader Paul Peeters (peeters.p@nhtv.nl) and Eke Eijgelaar (eijgelaar.e@nhtv.nl)
Centre for Sustainable Tourism and Transport
NHTV Breda University of Applied Sciences
www.cstt.nl / www.nhtv.nl