Tour Operators and Travel Agencies Climate Change Question 7

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Question

INACTIVE
Has the brand taken actions to reduce the CO2 emissions generated by local transport of its customers? <br.> Dutch version: Heeft het merk actie ondernomen om de CO2 uitstoot van het lokale transport van zijn consumenten te verminderen? <br.> German version: Reduziert oder kompensiert die Marke/das Unternehmen den CO2 Ausstoß für die lokalen Reisen seiner Kunden am Urlaubsort?

References and Guidelines

As you can see in the graph shown above, 75% of all carbon emissions generated by the tourism industry come from transport. Most of these emissions are caused by (air) transport to and from the travel destination. Furthermore, travel agency Sawadee estimates (see CelTor case - Sawadee Reizen, on the Dutch Tourism Expo 2012) that 12% of its own carbon emissions come from its customers using local transport during their trips. This is another area for reducing/compensating for carbon emissions. Travel brands can do this by e.g. providing bus/train transport instead of local air transport, or by compensating for the CO2 emissions generated while using local transport (see also Tour Operators and Travel Agencies Climate Change Question 8).

Ranking Guidelines

Reward a ‘Yes’ to companies that not only have a policy to reduce these CO2 emissions, but that have ALSO taken action to reduce them, e.g., by cutting down on the use of local transport, providing alternative modes of transport that are less carbon intensive, or by compensating for the CO2 emissions.

Note: Travel companies must also provide information on how the compensation is actually achieved and name the partner organization involved in implementing it.

Yes:

  • [Brand] has taken several actions designed to reduce the CO2 emissions generated by using local transport, such as [compensating for CO2 emissions from local transport through [Green Seat / Trees for Travel / Verified Carbon Standard / …] / providing less transport / providing alternative transport].

No:

  • [Brand] explicitly states that it has not taken any action to reduce the CO2 emissions generated by using local transport.
  • [Brand] has a policy of reducing CO2 emissions generated by using local transport, but has not taken actions yet.

?:

  • [Brand] has a policy of reducing CO2 emissions generated by using local transport, but does not say whether or not it has taken any actual actions yet.
  • [Brand] does not communicate whether or not it has taken actions designed to reduce CO2 emissions generated by using local transport.