Climate action in tourism

Tourism Declares a Climate Emergency was launched in 2020 to support and accelerate climate action in tourism.  We are delighted to announce that it has recently become our flagship climate programme.


Since its launch, the ‘Tourism Declares’ movement has grown to become a global community of over 400 tourism organisations, companies and professionals all committed to delivering a climate action plan aligned with the need to cut emissions in half by 2030.

The Glasgow Declaration:

We are urging every organisation in tourism to sign the Glasgow Declaration, an initiative that aims to lead and align climate action across tourism stakeholders.  We helped to launch the Declaration, which is aligned with the commitments within Tourism Declares, at COP26 in November 2021 in partnership with VisitScoltand, UNEP and UNWTO.

Signatories commit to deliver climate action plans within 12 months of signing and to implement them accordingly, or to update existing plans to align with the Declaration. Signatories also commit to report publicly both progress against interim and long-term targets, as well as the actions being taken, at least annually.

Partnership with UNWTO

In order to acceleGlasgow declaration launch at cop26rate the aims of both the Tourism Declares initiative and the Glasgow Declaration at the scale needed to meet global climate goals, we are working in partnership with the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO).   Working together, we will seek a global commitment from travel and tourism to cut sector emissions in half by 2030, to align climate action plans across five “pathways”, and to report publicly on progress made.  We will also have an important role in providing ongoing support for the Glasgow Declaration.

Planned activities

  • Publishing an annual progress report for the Glasgow Declaration, providing analysis on who has signed the Declaration, and how they are advancing with their commitments.
  • Developing consistent, sector-wide approaches to carbon measurement and reporting.
  • Road-testing new ways to tackle the complex, shared responsibilities under ‘scope 3’ (value chain) emissions, which largely occur within destinations.
  • Strengthening collaboration and community – for instance through the Tourism Declares online community and volunteer network, and the planned formation of regional hubs.
  • Building the capacity of Glasgow Declaration signatories, and scaling the necessary knowledge, tools, and inspiration needed for sector-wide change
  • We will also lead the coordination of an Advisory Committee for the Glasgow Declaration that will convene within the framework of the UN’s One Planet Sustainable Tourism Programme to ensure that diversity, equity and climate science are at the heart of this initiative. The climate reporting process linked to the Glasgow Declaration will also be managed through the One Planet Network.

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