ABTA vows to tackle climate crisis with launch of new project

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How the industry can help tackle climate change, and what impact the climate emergency will have on travel, will form the central pillars of a year-long collaboration between ABTA and Deloitte.

Over the next 12 months, the organisations will spearhead a project to provide a deeper understanding of the key issues and what decarbonisation looks like for the travel sector

A range of activities are being planned that ABTA and Deloitte believe will inform businesses about how they can deliver meaningful change.

The project was launched today at an ABTA-run Decarbonising Tourism event which discussed the industry’s transition to net zero.

ABTA Chief Executive Mark Tanzer said: “Climate change is a global threat and the travel industry, along with all other businesses and government, has an important role to play in reducing carbon emissions.

“We have seen some good progress in recent years – including progress towards the development of sustainable aviation fuels and a number of businesses across travel and tourism setting targets and reporting carbon reductions, but that work needs to be scaled up and continue as a matter of urgency. 

“Through this collaboration we want to further develop the industry’s understanding of climate change and engage senior leaders in what they need to be thinking about for their businesses and the meaningful actions they can take.”

Deloitte Lead Partner for Travel and Aviation, Alistair Pritchard, said while recovery from COVID remained the immediate priority, the climate change issue was looming large.

“With the imperative to transition to net zero we are collaborating with ABTA on driving sustainability and addressing climate change in the sector,” he said.

“We recognise that the industry has been through an extremely challenging period and recovery is an immediate focus, but we hope we will be able to support ABTA members and the wider travel eco-system understand and tackle the transformative changes that businesses need to undertake.

“Our collaboration will involve bringing greater clarity for the sector on the changes required to help business leaders plot their course to a more sustainable future.”

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