Category: Sustainable Travel & Tourism

A Sustainable Travel & Tourism

Sustainable TravelAccording to the UN Environment Program and UN World Tourism Organisation Sustainable tourism is defined as “tourism that takes full account of its current and future economic, social and environmental impacts, addressing the needs of visitors, the industry, the environment and host communities.”

When it comes to sustainability, terminology matters.

Airplane Emissions

As the conversation around sustainability grows, especially with the issue now firmly on the government’s agenda, so too does our vocabulary – and while many of the terms sound similar, there is science behind each definition. Too often the wrong terminology is being used, either by accident or design. While using headline-grabbing sustainability terms may be […]

8 top tips for making your office environment more sustainable.

make your office environment more sustainable

As TTG Media’s sustainability adviser, TerraVerde share best practice with TTG’s audience and contribute advice to TTG’s Sustainable Travel Heroes initiative. We were delighted to contribute ideas to Madeleine Barber’s recent article on making your office environment more sustainable, featuring tips on: Appointing a sustainability council Measuring your footprint Evaluating waste management Choosing green suppliers Assessing marketing […]

Zero-emission buses for London.

Zero-emission buses London

Transport for London is expanding the number of zero-emission buses across the city, with its latest fleet of all-electric ultra-modern vehicles. The buses have been created to include a number of features designed to make the service more attractive to commuters: ·      New digital signage, with real-time information including the time to the next stop, disruptions and service […]

Why we all need a workcation

Workation - sustainable long haul travel

Tourism is a powerful tool for distributing wealth and the impact of the pandemic on many popular destinations proves this. According to the World Travel and Tourism Council, in 2019 tourism sustained approximately 8 million jobs (21% of total employment) in Thailand, after two desperate years foreign travellers are slowly returning. The pandemic changed many peoples […]

A Net-Zero Roadmap for Travel & Tourism.

sustainable tourism

It’s been another big week for global climate action with promising headlines on political collaborations from COP26 – UN Climate Change Conference. For travel & tourism the headline grabbing news is the release of the World Travel & Tourism Council‘s Target Framework for the Travel & Tourism sector. The roadmap covers a lot of ground and will […]

Pathway to Net Positive Hospitality

Sustainable hotel, lush foliage by a pool

It’s been a great week for advancing greener tourism. With the launch of the Glasgow Declaration on Climate Action in Tourism yesterday and the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance announcing its Pathway to Net Positive Hospitality, we are witnessing collaboration, commitment and real action on climate change from many within the industry. At TerraVerde we are particularly impressed with the ambition set […]

Hertz & Tesla – Deal or no deal?

Hertz & Tesla deal

Last week Hertz announced a deal to buy 100,000 Tesla Model 3s. The company also announced it would be investing in EV infrastructure, giving customers access to 3,000 Tesla supercharging stations throughout the U.S and Europe.  During the height of the pandemic, when demand for rental cars had plummeted Hertz filed for bankruptcy protection. The announcement signals the recovery of the […]

Isn’t there a greener and fairer way to travel in the UK?

UK train travel

Just one day after receiving advice from the Climate Change Committee (CCC) to “take further action to discourage people from flying”; The government announced changes to Air Passenger Duty (APD) which could result in approximately 410,000 more short-haul UK passenger journeys a year (according to a forecast by The Office for Budget responsibility). Instead, couldn’t there […]

Sustainable high-speed flight. Boom!

Supersonic sustainable flight

Concorde was technologically ahead of its time, but sadly proved economically unviable and environmentally unsustainable. Building on Concorde’s legacy BOOM has developed a Net-Zero supersonic plane.  United Airlines is the first US airline to sign a purchase order for 15 of Boom’s ‘Overture’ airliners, which will run on 100% sustainable aviation fuel. From 2029 passengers can expect to travel […]

Google takes steps to make travel greener

Which would you choose?

Google processes approximately 5.6 billion searches per day, this epic volume of search data provides sharp insights into customer behaviour and trends. When Google adds a new feature you can be sure it’s in response to rising consumer interest.  Two recently announced features have captured the attention of the travel industry. It’s now possible to see […]

The Spanish government is being held to account for the ecological damage.

Europe’s largest saltwater lagoon, Mar Menor

The Spanish government is being held to account for the ecological damage of Europe’s largest saltwater lagoon, Mar Menor. Earlier this week ClientEarth announced that it was submitting a formal complaint to the European Commission, as Spain’s failure to safeguard this protected site, breaches EU and national laws. Soledad Gallego Clientearth’s wildlife and habitats lawyer said: “Continuing […]

7 tips to reduce the environmental impact of your next flight.

View of Manhatten from a plane window

Transatlantic friends and family will soon be reunited, after the US announced last week, that it was easing travel restrictions for international visitors, vaccinated against Covid-19.  Following the announcement Virgin Atlantic reported a 600% surge in flight bookings to the US.  Like many others I am delighted to see travel opening up and the industry […]

Spot the big five in Italy on a European safari

European safari - sustainable travel

Safaris have long been synonymous with Africa, but that could soon change thanks to an exciting partnership between Rewilding Europe and the European Safari Company.  Rewilding Europe’s aim is to create at least 10 large, rewilded landscapes in different regions across Europe, whilst exploring ways in which people can earn a fair living from the wild. The European Safari Company […]