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Client:European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT)
Product:Goossen, M., Peeters, P., Dubois, G. & Kalisch, D. (2014) IMPACT. Implementation & Adoption of Carbon Footprint in Tourism travel packages. Wageningen: Alterra.

The European Institute of Innovation & Technology, a body of the European Union founded to increase European sustainable growth and competitiveness, has set up a number of Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KIC). One of these Communities is on climate change (Climate-KIC).

In 2013, Climate-KIC in the Netherlands approved funding for the IMPACT project (IMPlementation & Adoption of Carbon footprint in Tourism travel packages). This ‘pathfinder’ project aimed to assess the viability of and market for a comprehensive carbon calculator. Such a calculator would enable enterprises in the wider travel industry to determine the carbon dioxide emissions, the main cause for climate change, of tourism products and include ‘carbon management’ in their overall policy and strategy. It is generally expected the cost for fuel and carbon will significantly rise in the near en medium future. The calculator will not only cover flights, but also other transport modes, local tourism activities and accommodations. When this pathfinder project finds interest for carbon management within the sector, we aim to start a much larger follow-up project that will deliver the calculator and tools.

The IMPACT project was coordinated by the research institute Alterra Wagenigen UR, the Netherlands. Partners were:
  • Schiphol Airport Group, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Technical University Berlin, Germany
  • TEC Conseil, Marseille, France
  • TUI Netherlands, Rijswijk, The Netherlands
  • NHTV Breda University for Applied Sciences, The Netherlands
The project ran from September 2013 to February 2014.

Additional information can be found on Climate-KIC's IMPACT case study page.