AST Climate Action Plan

On November 12th, the UN Climate Change Summit (COP26) in Glasgow ended with a clear consensus that the world needs to do much more to limit global warming to 1.5°C by 2050 and avert a climate crisis. 

The Glasgow Declaration is a tool for the travel industry that we are supporting to set the guidelines for our climate action plan.

Accessible Spain Travel signed the Glasgow Declaration on Climate Action in Tourism launched by the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in November. As a signatory, we are committed to supporting this global effort to combat climate change and to implementing an action plan within twelve months, following the recommended pathways.

We have raised the temperature to 1.3 degrees on the planet. There are areas of Spain suffering severe droughts and there are very strong meteorological phenomena, such as increasingly frequent strong heat waves or heavy rains after months of drought. We are committed to becoming a travel agency that promotes more sustainable travel by generating less carbon emissions.

We are working so that all our suppliers collaborate in this mission so that our services become as soon as possible a sustainable supply chain in each one of the points of your trip.

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AST CLIMATE ACTION PLAN 2023

Collaborate

  • Integrate climate change adaptation and mitigation considerations into business strategies
  • Promote domestic and intra-regional tourism to reduce emissions, in particular from transport
  • Collaborate with the tourism value chain to implement innovative business models to improve circularity
  • Provide accurate and non-misleading information, including for advertising and marketing purposes, on climate impact of tourism, greenhouse gas emissions and carbon offset activities to allow consumers to make informed decisions
  • Promote diversified tourist attractions and products as alternatives to identified vulnerable destinations

Measure

  • Identify the value chain emission impact to account for and act on emissions reduction and avoidance activities upstream (suppliers) and downstream (customer/visitors) throughout the value chain

Reduce

  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other atmospheric pollutants from tourism value chain operations
  • Increase the use of renewable energy

Regenerate

  • Eliminate activities in the tourism value chain contributing to destruction of natural habitats
  • Regenerate ecological integrity of tourism supply chains by ensuring sustainable sourcing and procurement practices

The One Planet Sustainable Tourism Programme has the overall objective to enhance the sustainable development impacts of the tourism sector by 2030, by developing, promoting and scaling up sustainable consumption and production practices that boost the efficient use of natural resources while producing less waste and addressing the challenges of climate change, loss of biodiversity and pollution. The Sustainable Tourism Programme is part of the One Planet network, a multi-stakeholder partnership to implement SDG 12 on Sustainable Consumption and Production.

Photo of a village in Spain surrounded by nature

As the declaration states: “A just transition to Net Zero before 2050 will only be possible if tourism’s recovery accelerates the adoption of sustainable consumption and production, and redefines our future success to consider not only economic value but rather the regeneration of ecosystems, biodiversity and communities.”