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Published on Thursday, September 23, 2021

WTTC unveils travel industry Net Zero Roadmap

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) introduced a Net Zero Roadmap for the travel and tourism sector during its virtual climate week event.

It also announced the launch of social and environmental research data.

It is the first time such data will be produced across the whole sector.

These represent WTTC's biggest deliverables in the sector's drive towards net zero by 2050.

The initiative is being run in collaboration with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and consulting firrm, Accenture.

WTTC made the announcement at its virtual 'Net Zero Travel & Tourism - From Ambition to Action' event during annual Climate Week NYC.

Julia Simpson, WTTC President & CEO, said: "The launch of our Net Zero Roadmap and development of sector wide data to measure our success are major steps to show how travel and tourism is playing its part in addressing climate change.

"WTTC, alongside our partners and sponsors, looks forward to offering tangible and meaningful solutions to meet the climate change challenge."

It will officially launch the Net Zero Roadmap at COP26 in Glasgow next month.

"As a sector, we are aware that not all industries can achieve such goals at the same time, which is why our Net Zero Roadmap will be so critical," Simpson added

The Net Zero Roadmap will include a status quo overview of climate actions in the travel sector with direct lessons learned from the past 18 months.

It will also include action frameworks for specific industries to help accelerate climate commitments and emissions reduction.

WTTC will regularly monitor and update this climate action inventory research, with ongoing updates until the sector's targets are achieved.

During the virtual event, which was sponsored by IHG, participants discussed the sustainability challenges the travel and tourism sector faces.

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