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2009

Moving towards low-carbon tourism. New opportunities for destinations and tour operators

Peeters, P., Gossling, S. & Lane, B.
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Peeters, P., Gössling, S. & Lane, B. (2009) Moving towards low-carbon tourism. New opportunities for destinations and tour operators. IN Gössling, S., Hall, C. M. & Weaver, D. B. (Eds.) Sustainable tourism futures. Perspectives on systems, restructuring and innovations, 240-257. New York: Routledge.

 


It is increasingly clear that tourism can be a very carbon-intense activity. While the sector’s contribution to global emissions of carbon dioxide is only 5 per cent (UNWTO-UNEP-WMO 2008), its contribution is highly skewed. Aviation is particularly problematic, accounting for the major share of emissions from global domestic and international tourism; this is 40 percent if expressed as CO2, and considerably more if the radiative forcing of other greenhouse gases is taken into account as wel. The chapter describes the emissions for different tourism products, the role of tour operators and then proceeds with showing several emission reduction options uysing marketing tools.
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