The International Tourism Partnership (ITP) which is a global organization combines the world’s most powerful hotel company with 30,000 member hotels while embracing the ambition to be the core scientific goal of the Paris Agreement.
The central goal of the agreement is to keep the global average temperature well below 2 degrees Celsius, as close to 1.5 degrees Celsius as possible. Achieving this goal is critical to preventing the worst effects of climate change, including fires, floods and water shortages that threaten tourism in many parts of the world.
Research commissioned by ITP highlights that the hotel industry must reduce its carbon emissions by 66% by 2030 and 90% by 2050 to stay within the 2˚C threshold agreed at COP21.
The result is the ITP Goal that provides a clear and practical response to the core sustainable development issues facing the hotel industry. These goals send strong appeals to a wider range of industries and emphasize the key importance of targeting the sustainable development goals (Sustainable Development Goals) as a focus on sustainable growth.
Niclas Svenningsen, head of the Climate Neutral Now initiative at the UNFCCC secretariat, said “the hospitality industry can play a huge role in enhancing the environmental performance of its many properties and locations, but also to raise awareness among the public due to its enormous reach. We feel encouraged to see leading hotel chains worldwide spearheading these efforts.”