The Environmental Audit Committee last week announced the start of its inquiry into sustainable tourism. The inquiry will look at the impacts of tourism and travel on the environment and how these can be reduced, with the tourism industry accounting for an estimated 5% of global greenhouse gas emissions.
The Committee aims to look at how:
- the Government can support a sustainable inbound tourism industry in the UK;
- should the UK tourism industry balance the need to support tourism against protecting fragile environments;
- the industry can balance affordable travel with sustainable travel choices; and
- the UK can meet its commitment of net zero carbon emissions by 2050.
Mary Creagh, the Committee's chair, acknowledged that there are some sustainable practices within the industry, and so it is hoped that the Committee will look at how these might be further encouraged. As with the UK's fashion industry, the tourist industry contributes significantly to the UK's industry and so we expect the Committee to cover this in its investigation.
Interested parties are invited to submit written submissions until 13 September 2019 and the report is expected to be published in early 2020.