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PRESS RELEASE - Impact recession on holiday emissions already over

Thursday, April 19, 2012

The decrease in CO2 emissions of Dutch holidaymakers in 2009 has not continued in 2010. Total holiday emissions are almost back at the 2008 level, and have increased by over 19% since 2002. The sharp increase in intercontinental holidays is responsible for this enormous growth in emissions, as it has brought about an increase in the use of the airplane and distances travelled.

These are some of the key results of a new report on the carbon footprint of Dutch holidaymakers by the NHTV Centre for Sustainable Tourism and Transport, in collaboration with NRIT Research and NBTC-NIPO Research. The report, titled Travelling large in 2010, is the fourth in a series started in 2008. The series offer a unique view on the development of holiday emissions since the year 2002.

The new report shows that the tourism sector is moving rapidly away from emission reduction targets set by the national government, the European Union, and those found necessary by the scientific community. A positive note is that still half of all holidays by the Dutch are at or below the level of emissions produced by staying at home. This implies that there are alternatives for the Dutch tourism sector. The authors hope that the report will provide the sector, but also the government, with insight into one of the most important contributing factors of the environmental impact of holidays. This insight will hopefully contribute to new policies on the sustainable development of outbound tourism.

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