The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) has launched the
Net Zero Roadmap for the travel and tourism sector to support its efforts to help
combat climate change.
The announcement came during the WTTC’s virtual climate week
event and coincided with the launch of social and environmental research data,
which will be produced across the entire sector and will continuously be updated
as emissions targets are achieved.
According to the WTTC, these “vital pieces of work” represent
the organisation’s biggest deliverables in the sector’s aim to achieve net-zero
emissions by 2050.
The initiative is being run in collaboration with the United
Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and professional services and consulting
The Net Zero Roadmap will include a “status quo overview” of
climate actions taken by the travel and tourism sector, lessons learned in the
past and action frameworks for specific industries to help accelerate climate
commitments and emissions reduction.
Julia Simpson, WTTC president and CEO, said the organisation
and its partners will launch the roadmap at the UN Climate Change Conference
(COP26) in Glasgow in November. She added: “As a sector, we are aware that not
all industries can achieve such goals at the same time, which is why our Net
Zero Roadmap will be so critical.”
The WTTC’s announcement comes as Marriott International vowed
to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050, while corporates and travel firms from
around the globe have signed a pledge to power aviation using a minimum of 10
per cent sustainable aviation fuels by 2030.