The new green age: carbon mitigation by Queensland tourism enterprises

Zeppel, Heather and Beaumont, Narelle (2012) The new green age: carbon mitigation by Queensland tourism enterprises. In: CAUTHE 2012: The New Golden Age of Tourism and Hospitality, 6-9 Feb 2012, Melbourne, Australia.

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Climate change and carbon mitigation are growing issues for the tourism industry. Green tourism enterprises are implementing eco-efficiency measures in energy, water and waste management to reduce operating costs and carbon emissions. This paper reports on carbon mitigation actions adopted by environmentally certified Queensland tourism operators (n=83). It first reviews carbon mitigation responses in Australian tourism, including research on carbon emissions by tourism sectors and carbon reduction programs supported by Tourism Queensland. It then describes the development of a carbon survey for Queensland tourism enterprises including accommodation, tour operators, attractions, and convention centres. The paper presents survey results profiling operator attitudes to climate change, green business training, emissions auditing and carbon mitigation actions, motives for emissions reduction, and carbon offsetting. It compares findings for key tourism sectors and discusses operator motives for adopting carbon mitigation actions or offsetting. Key challenges and opportunities for carbon reduction by tourism enterprises are noted.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Deposited with blanket permission of CAUTHE.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business and Law - School of Management and Marketing
Date Deposited: 09 Jan 2013 06:35
Last Modified: 16 Sep 2014 21:58
Uncontrolled Keywords: climate change; carbon mitigation; eco-efficiency; green practices; tourism SMEs; Queensland
Fields of Research : 15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1506 Tourism > 150603 Tourism Management
05 Environmental Sciences > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050205 Environmental Management
05 Environmental Sciences > 0501 Ecological Applications > 050101 Ecological Impacts of Climate Change
Socio-Economic Objective: D Environment > 96 Environment > 9603 Climate and Climate Change > 960302 Climate Change Mitigation Strategies

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