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Travelling large in 2010

de Bruijn, K., Dirven, R., Eijgelaar, E., & Peeters, P.
Bibliographical information:
de Bruijn, K., Dirven, R., Eijgelaar, E., & Peeters, P. (2012). Travelling large in 2010: The carbon footprint of Dutch holidaymakers in 2010 and the development since 2002. Breda, Netherlands: NHTV Breda University of Applied Sciences.

‘Travelling large in 2010’ is the fourth report in CSTT’s series on the Dutch holiday carbon footprint. It presents detailed information on the carbon footprint and eco-efficiency of holidays by the Dutch in 2010, and on the development of holiday emissions through the years 2002-2005-2008-2009-2010. Data on Dutch travel behaviour from the Continuous Holiday Survey (CVO), the annual holiday survey in the Netherlands, form the basis of this report. Specifically for this analysis, as an indicator for the environmental effect of tourism, the carbon footprint was used and added to the CVO.

A key finding of this report is that the decrease in CO2 emissions of Dutch holidaymakers in 2009, a result of the economic recession, 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.

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.

The report can be downloaded below.

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