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The carbon footprint of regional tourism trips: insights from environmentally extended regional input output analysis

Jones, Calvin ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4980-2330 2023. The carbon footprint of regional tourism trips: insights from environmentally extended regional input output analysis. Journal of Sustainable Tourism 10.1080/09669582.2023.2254949
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Abstract

Tourism is an important and almost certainly increasing driver of anthropogenic climate change. However, intelligence on the total greenhouse gas emissions related to tourism trips – including travel to and from the destination – is limited, especially at sub-national destination scale. This paper uses an environmentally extended input-output approach to estimate the total greenhouse gas emissions consequent on inbound and domestic tourism trips in Wales, a region of the UK. We use the UN World Tourism Organisation (TSA) concept of visitors and trips to estimate the overall carbon footprint of tourism at around 3.4 megatons in 2019, 8.7% of total territorial emissions. We further compare these results with estimates for 2007 which suggests that there has been a modest reduction of under 2% per annum since 2007, but with significant data issues affecting comparability. Apparently slow progress in decarbonisation, including an increase in intercontinental visits to Wales over the period, suggest tourism here has not yet embarked upon a climate-responsible transformation.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: In Press
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Publisher: Taylor and Francis Group
ISSN: 0966-9582
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 14 September 2023
Date of Acceptance: 30 August 2023
Last Modified: 21 May 2024 19:27
URI: https://orca.cardiff.ac.uk/id/eprint/162500

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