Every million tourists generated 25,000 tons of CO2 in Spain in 2017
22 January --
“For every million tourists who arrived in Spain in 2017, 25,000 tons of CO2 were emitted into the atmosphere.' This was one of the data highlighted by Ignacio Sojo, Managing Director of ALLCOT, in a speech at the International Tourism Fair 2018, (FITUR), entitled 'Application of the Sustainable Development Goals to the tourism sector: focus on the hotel sector'.The presentation took place within the framework of 'FitrutechY', a forum organized jointly by FITUR - IFEMA and the Instituto Tecnológico Hotelero (ITH).
Sojo explained how the tourism industry can reduce these emissions and help meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). The SDGs are a universal call for action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. There are 17 in total and each objective has specific goals that must be achieved in 2030. Everyone has to do their part: governments, the private sector, and civil society.
Sojo said companies in the tourism sector can help by 'calculating, reducing and offsetting the CO2 emissions they generate through their business activity'. Many hotels are already doing it, he pointed out.
'You have to try to reduce the carbon footprint as much as possible and for this, you can count on the advice of companies like ALLCOT. But no matter how many changes are made, in the end, it is impossible to have zero emissions. However, there is a solution: when hotels cannot reduce their emissions further, they can offset them”.
“Offsetting CO2 emissions is based on the voluntary contribution of an amount of money proportional to the tonnes of CO2 emitted. This economic contribution is dedicated to projects in developing countries. Carbon offset projects produce positive social and economic co-benefits. Popular technologies include renewable energy, forest protection, recycling plants and energy efficiency. A hotel that offsets its carbon footprint receives a Carbon Neutral Seal and a certificate, helping this to rank better within the sustainable hotel sector and eco leader’s programs”, he commented.
Sojo pointed out that more and more customers want hotels to be sustainable: '30% of consumers buy with sustainability in mind and 60% of millennials consume responsible products,' he said