Transforming Tourism: Climate Change

Tourism and hospitality are responsible for approximately 8% of global emissions, and the impacts of climate change are increasingly being seen at destination level. This affects not only communities and the natural environment but also the quality of the tourism product itself, impacting on consumer confidence. Learning from each other and working collaboratively will be vital to addressing these issues.

The resources on this page were featured in a series of workshops and webinars that we ran as part of the ‘Transforming Tourism Value Chains’ project to accelerate more resource efficient, low carbon development, led by the United Nations Environment Programme and supported by the International Climate Initiative on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU). The workshop and webinar series took place within the framework of the One Planet Sustainable Tourism Programme and in collaboration with UNWTO.  Click here for the project website.

Click here to find out more about the Travel Foundation’s involvement in the project.

All other resources featured in the workshop and webinar series for accommodation providers can be found on the following pages:

Sustainable food resources

Sustainable procurement resources

Plastics resources

Nudging green behaviours resources





Case Studies

These case studies are organised according to the five pathways of the Glasgow Declaration for Climate Action in Tourism.


Iberostar Sustainability 

Jade Mountain Resort, Saint Lucia 


Bucuti & Tara, Aruba



Batu Batu Resort & Tengah Island Conservation, Malaysia

Tortuga Bay, Dominican Republic

Solar Branco Eco Estate, Azores


Six Senses Lamu / Maldives Underwater Initiative – Maldives  

The Long Run

Caribbean hotels after Hurricane Dean

Sydney Destination Partnership, Australia



Coastal Zone Management Trust, Quintana Roo

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