London, United Kingdom – The World Travel and Tourism Council ( WTTC ) has released new information on the climate footprint of the Travel and Tourism sector in Spain.
In one of the largest research projects of its kind, the international body can, for the first time, accurately report and track the impact the sector has on the environment.
According to the data, the Spanish Travel and Tourism sector has experienced continuous growth in terms of its contribution to GDP, while reducing the intensity of greenhouse gas emissions.
In 2019, the sector represented 11% of the total greenhouse gas emissions in all of Spain. However, this percentage saw a decrease of six percentage points, reaching 5% in 2020, mainly due to the reduction in tourist activity during the pandemic.
Between 2010 and 2019, the economic growth of the Spanish Travel and Tourism sector was decoupled from its greenhouse gas emissions.
During this period, the sector’s total contribution to national GDP grew by an average of 2.3% per year, while greenhouse gas emissions increased by only 0.9% per year during the same period.
The figures also show that the sector’s emissions intensity continues to decline.
In 2010, Viajes y Turismo produced 0.44 kg of greenhouse gases for every euro generated by the Spanish sector.
This figure fell by an average of more than 11.3% per year in 2019, when the sector was at its peak, to reach 0.39 kg for every euro of GDP. In the following years, this amount decreased even more. , reaching 0.36 kg and 0.33 kg in 2020 and 2021, respectively.
This significant decline illustrates the impact of the changes implemented by the Spanish Government and business leaders to create a more sustainable sector.
Spain’s Travel & Tourism sector has decoupled its economic growth from its greenhouse gas emissions and continues to reduce its emissions intensity, but we know there is still a lot of work to be done. do.
We need continued government support to increase production of sustainable aviation fuels, which will have a significant impact on our footprint, as well as to bring more renewable energy into our national grids, in order to minimize our absolute emissions to meet our targets. and ambitions. Julia Simpson, President and CEO of the WTTC
The world body for tourism also provides information on the sector’s energy use and efficiency, showing that between 2010 and 2019, the sector’s total energy use decreased by 1.2% per year, showing that while Travel and Tourism continued to grow, it also became more energy efficient.
Between 2010 and 2021, the share of low-carbon energy sources in the national energy mix has gradually increased from 10.9% in 2010 to 12.8% in 2021, while the sector’s dependence on fuels Fossils as an energy source has also declined.
This comprehensive study covers 185 countries from all regions and will be updated each year with the latest figures.
This research has been made possible through a partnership between the WTTC and the Saudi Arabia-based Global Center for Sustainable Tourism. Under the Saudi Green Initiative, more than 60 initiatives were launched last year, representing more than $186 billion of investment in the green economy.
The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) represents the global travel & tourism private sector. Members include 200 CEOs, Chairs and Presidents of the world’s leading travel & tourism companies from all geographies covering all industries. For more than 30 years, WTTC has been committed to raising the awareness of governments and the public of the economic and social significance of the travel & tourism sector.
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