Carbon Footprint = the amount of carbon dioxide and other carbon compounds emitted due to the consumption of fossil fuels by a particular person, group, etc.
Translating: What is the carbon footprint of global tourism? (double check translations!)
Spanish: ¿Cuál es la huella de carbono del turismo global?
French: Quelle est l’empreinte carbone du tourisme mondial?
German: Wie hoch ist der CO2-Fußabdruck des globalen Tourismus?
Afrikaans: Wat is die koolstofvoetspoor van wêreldwye toerisme?
Welsh: Beth yw ôl troed carbon twristiaeth fyd-eang?
New paper (May 2018): The carbon footprint of global tourism
Tourism contributes significantly to global gross domestic product, and is forecast to grow at an annual 4%, thus outpacing many other economic sectors. However, global carbon emissions related to tourism are currently not well quantified. Here, we quantify tourism-related global carbon flows between 160 countries, and their carbon footprints under origin and destination accounting perspectives. We find that, between 2009 and 2013, tourism’s global carbon footprint has increased from 3.9 to 4.5 GtCO2e, four times more than previously estimated, accounting for about 8% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Transport, shopping and food are significant contributors. The majority of this footprint is exerted by and in high-income countries. The rapid increase in tourism demand is effectively outstripping the decarbonization of tourism-related technology. We project that, due to its high carbon intensity and continuing growth, tourism will constitute a growing part of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions.
- Why is the report not available in a truly open access format instead of view only?