Climate change and sustainable tourism: Carbon mitigation by environmentally certified tourism enterprises

Zeppel, Heather and Beaumont, Narelle (2014) Climate change and sustainable tourism: Carbon mitigation by environmentally certified tourism enterprises. Tourism Review International, 17 (3). pp. 161-177. ISSN 1544-2721

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Abstract

Tourism is susceptible to the impacts of climate change on destinations and businesses, but also contributes to the causes of climate change via greenhouse gas emissions from travel. This article reports on carbon mitigation actions by environmentally certified tourism enterprises in Queensland, Australia. The survey results profile attitudes to climate change, emissions auditing, carbon mitigation actions, and motives for emissions reduction. The study revealed that most operators believed climate change was an important issue for tourism and had implemented a range of carbon mitigation actions in energy, water, and waste reduction. The most popular actions were energy efficiency and reducing energy use, while less popular measures were adopting renewable energy and carbon offsetting. Tourism operators preferred lower cost actions that were easy to implement and would provide cost savings. The key motives for tourism operators implementing these carbon actions related to ecological responsibility and business competitiveness via cost savings and differentiating their business as 'climate friendly'. These motivations align with general business principles driving the implementation of socially and environmentally responsible practices by companies. The findings suggest that environmentally certified tourism enterprises now consider emissions reduction measures to be an integral part of sustainable tourism development.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty / Department / School: No Faculty
Date Deposited: 21 Feb 2014 23:28
Last Modified: 01 Jul 2016 04:45
Uncontrolled Keywords: carbon mitigation, climate change, eco-efficiency actions, environmental certification, sustainable tourism
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
Socio-Economic Objective: D Environment > 96 Environment > 9603 Climate and Climate Change > 960302 Climate Change Mitigation Strategies
B Economic Development > 90 Commercial Services and Tourism > 9098 Environmentally Sustainable Commercial Services and Tourism > 909802 Management of Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Commercial Services and Tourism
Identification Number or DOI: 10.3727/154427213X13838418676961
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/24771

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