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Travel smart and slash emissions, says PolyU professor

Fewer short breaks, no business class, ways for tourists to do their bit for climate change

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 18 September, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 18 September, 2013, 10:03am
 

Tourists can play a key role in the fight against climate change and can help cut carbon emissions by changing their habits, Polytechnic University academics say.

Speaking at the release of a study on reducing tourism's carbon footprint, the researchers from the university's School of Hotel and Tourism Management said government and industry measures alone could not solve the problem.

"Governments can do things with legislation and industry can save money, but it is the consumers who have to change," said Professor Bob McKercher, a lead researcher in the study. "With tourism we have found that people don't make the connection between their own actions and the consequences."

McKercher said tourists could change their habits while in transit and at their destination to help reduce carbon emissions.

"The single greatest thing tourists can do is take fewer short-break trips, or if they do, travel closer to home," he said.

Travelling economy is also recommended.

"Why travel business class? Business class consumes four times more emissions than economy as it occupies four times the space," McKercher said.

At their destinations, tourists should try to use public transport and re-use hotel towels and bed sheets to save energy.

If tourism were a country, it would be the fifth largest carbon producer after China, the US, India and Russia, McKercher said.

Last year there were about 1.03 billion international border crossings, with 50-60 million people travelling between Hong Kong and the mainland.

 

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dynamco
"Why travel business class? Business class consumes four times more emissions than economy as it occupies four times the space," McKercher said.
it's a pity this academic does not realise that the plane is built with business class seats & whether the empty ones also participate in the flight - so you might as well fill them
he should concentrate more on the NOx emissions of the proposed increase in 3rd runway flights from Chep Lap Kok which the ARUP consultancy study found would breach our new air quality 'guidelines' which should be actually legally enforceable 'Air Quality Standards'
don67
You are absolutely right. Although theoretically speaking, what the professor said could reduce emissions if EVERYONE flew economy EVERYTIME. In the long term, the absence in demand would force airlines to provide only economy class seats.
 
 
 
 
 

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