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On track to net-zero? Large tourism enterprises and climate change
Linnaeus University, School of Business and Economics, Department of Marketing and Tourism Studies (MTS). Western Norway Research Institute, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0505-9207
Munich University of Applied Sciences, Germany.
University of Queensland, Australia.
2024 (English)In: Tourism Management, ISSN 0261-5177, E-ISSN 1879-3193, Vol. 100, p. 104842-104842, article id 104842Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Sustainable development
SDG 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts by regulating emissions and promoting developments in renewable energy
Abstract [en]

Much recent research on climate change mitigation has focused on carbon intensities, i.e. emissions per unit of economic value, to better understand interrelationships of decarbonization with value. This paper studies large tourism enterprises, which account for a large share of tourism's emissions. Based on annual reports, the paper evaluates greenhouse gas emission and revenue interrelationships for a total of n = 29 large tourism companies including airlines, cruise lines and accommodation businesses. Together, these companies represent about 13% (365 Mt CO2) of global tourism emissions, generating revenues of US$477 billion (in 2019). The paper tracks their total emissions and emission intensities over the period 2015–2019, revealing that large tourism firms are not on track to net-zero. Results show considerable differences in emission intensities between the three tourism subsectors and between individual firms within the subsectors. These findings are discussed against emission reduction needs to mid-century. There is strong evidence that continued growth at industry's expected rates represents an insurmountable barrier to net-zero, contradicting industry narratives of progressively and successfully engaging with climate change mitigation. 

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Elsevier, 2024. Vol. 100, p. 104842-104842, article id 104842
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Climate Research Economics and Business
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Tourism; Natural Science, Environmental Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-126079DOI: 10.1016/j.tourman.2023.104842Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85170710529OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-126079DiVA, id: diva2:1821416
Available from: 2023-12-20 Created: 2023-12-20 Last updated: 2023-12-20Bibliographically approved

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