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Tourism industry addresses climate change

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A report addressing the impact of the travel and tourism sector on climate change has been released ahead of the United Nations climate conference in Copenhagen scheduled for later this year. Towards a Low Carbon Travel and Tourism Sector, a collaborative effort between the World Economic Forum, World Trade Organisation, the International Civil Aviation Organization, UNEP, and tourism and travel business leaders, proposes various ways to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions in sectors such as transport and accommodation. "The study deals with perhaps the most fundamental planetary issue of our time - how to shift progressively towards a sustainable low carbon lifestyle," said Geoffrey Lipman, UNWTO Assistant Secretary General. "It confirms that our sector generates five percent of carbon dioxide and that we can and will progressively reduce our impacts in line with evolving global agreements." The report also addresses market mechanisms and innovative methods of financing the transformation towards a green economy, including a Green Fund for Travel and Tourism to finance the trillion-dollar mitigation projects identified within the industry. Access Towards a Low Carbon Travel and Tourism Sector

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