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Global travel and tourism leaders hopeful for positive outcome at COP21 talks - Nov 27, 2015

Montreal, 27 November 2015 – On the eve of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 21), taking place in Paris next week, Airports Council International (ACI) and other members of the Global Travel Association Coalition (GTAC) reiterate the industry’s commitment to contribute to fight climate change, and express their hopes for successful talks.

Speaking as Chairman of GTAC, David Scowsill, President & CEO of the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), said:

“The travel and tourism sector expresses its hope for a successful outcome to the talks in Paris and reiterates that our organizations, working together as the Global Travel Association Coalition, are committed to make a meaningful and long-term contribution to fighting climate change.

“Travel and tourism contributes nearly 10% of the world’s GDP and supports one in eleven of all jobs on the planet. Over one billion people cross international borders each year, a number expected to reach 1.8 billion by 2030. This growth in travel and tourism will bring about enormous social and economic development across the world, particularly for Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States. We have a serious responsibility to ensure that we decouple the growth of the sector from its impact on our environment to ensure that tourism can continue to contribute to socio-economic inclusiveness and development in the long term.”

Important industries which comprise the travel and tourism sector have previously stated their long-term commitments to alleviating climate change:

Aviation

The aviation industry and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) have set aligned goals of improving fuel efficiency and stabilizing net aviation CO2 emissions from 2020 through carbon neutral growth. The aviation industry also set a long-term goal to halve aviation’s net CO2 emissions by 2050, compared with a 2005 baseline.

Since the above goals were set, ICAO Member States and the aviation industry, have been working to make them a reality through the implementation of a basket of different measures which include new technology and alternative fuels; improved operations; better use of infrastructure; and the development of a global market-based measure to enable the industry to stabilize its CO2 emissions from 2020. Furthermore, ICAO is developing an Aeroplane CO2 Emission Certification Standard that will be established in 2016. Through invaluable partnerships and cooperation with the aviation industry and other organizations, half of ICAO’s Member States have prepared and submitted national action plans to reduce aviation CO2 emissions to ICAO.

For its part, ACI’s Airport Carbon Accreditation  programme, developed by ACI EUROPE in 2009 for airports to achieve self-determination in setting and meeting rigorous environmental standards, went fully global last year with 135 airports participating in the programme to date.

Moreover, ACI’s do-it-yourself airport carbon inventory tool, ACERT, is now available in version 3.0 and can be used across all accreditation levels with a focus on helping smaller airports join the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme.

Cruise/shipping

  • Building new cruise ships with energy efficiency design standards for a 30% reduction in CO2 by 2030
  • Implementing Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plans for route planning and maintenance to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions since 2013
  • Utilizing special lighting to reduce power consumption by up to 20%
  • Painting hulls with special coatings to reduce fuel consumption by 5%

Sector-wide

The World Travel & Tourism Council published “Leading the Challenge on Climate Change” in 2009 to support the global climate talks backing international agreements wherein its Members, the leading travel and tourism companies globally, committed the sector to cutting its CO2 emissions by 50% from 2005 to 2035. Earlier this month, this commitment was reiterated in new report: “Travel & Tourism 2015 – Connecting Global Climate Action.”

Notes to editors

1. Airports Council International (ACI), the only worldwide association of airports, has 595 member airport authorities, which operate 1,855 airports in 173 countries. ACI’s mission is to promote professional excellence in airport management and operations, and this mandate is carried out through the organization’s multiple training opportunities, as well as the customer service benchmarking programme, a wide range of conferences, industry statistical products and best practice publications.

2. The Global Travel Association Coalition exists to promote a better understanding of travel and tourism’s role as a driver of economic growth and employment, and to ensure governments develop policies which contribute to the profitable, sustainable and long-term growth of the industry. Under its goal to provide a stronger consolidated “One Voice,” the leaders of GTAC continue to align their messaging and efforts in order to amplify awareness of the viability of the travel and tourism sector. An Agenda for Growth and Development  was launched in April, 2015 consolidating the common efforts to be followed by all.

GTAC members include Airports Council International (ACI); Cruise Lines Association International (CLIA); International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO); International Air Transport Association (IATA); Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA); World Economic Forum (WEF); World Tourism Organization (UNWTO); and World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC).

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Ryan White
Manager, Communications
ACI World
Telephone: +1 514 373 1226
Email: rwhite@aci.aero