According to the Paris Climate Agreement and the United Nations, drastic shifts towards sustainability must take place by 2050. The tourism industry is responsible for nearly 10% of global CO2 emissions from transportation and accommodation alone. Moreover, it is expected that this percentage will only grow in the coming decades which will impact all aspects of life. A change in our lifestyle is essential to keep our planet habitable for future generations. We are happy to guide you to become more sustainable and change the way you impact the world through your transportation and accommodations choices.
Read about how to be a sustainable traveler.
What is the impact of the accommodation you choose? A stay involves the consumption of water, energy, and waste. The maxim is; the more luxurious the accommodation, the greater the CO2 footprint. With a night in a B&B, an average of 23 kilograms of CO2 is emitted. With a caravan, you reduce emissions per night by more than 80%.
Read about the impacts of transportation and accommodation in tourism.
The largest share of CO2 emissions from tourism comes from transport. The graph above shows the emissions per kilometer for the different transport types. Flying and long distances with a camper are the most polluting methods. Although a motorhome emits a lot of CO2 per kilometer, it is once again one of the most sustainable forms of overnight accommodation. The type of transport is an important factor. At the same time, distance is also an important factor. Going on holiday close to home therefore quickly results in a major reduction in your CO2 footprint.
Want to find a getaway for two people for two nights? Do you opt for a city trip to, for example, Barcelona or Venice with a hotel? Or do you opt for a campspace closer to home? At a campspace close to home you can relax and reconnect with your travel buddies. Moreover, booking a campspace will save you up to 95% CO2 emissions.
1 tonne of CO2 emissions ... What does that actually mean? Why not compare your carbon footprint to how many times you would charge your smartphone? For 1 ton of CO2 emissions, the estimate is that you can charge a smartphone 127,532 times. Assuming once per day charging, this would mean that you could charge your smartphone for almost 350 years.
In short, do you also want to travel more consciously as part of more conscious life? Then take into account the type of accommodation, transport and the distance you travel.
Have a look at our article on the future of tourism and how we arrived at the above numbers and calculations.
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