The rise in carbon emissions as a result of the growth in Auckland’s tourism has been assessed in a newly released study that explores ‘decarbonising’ the sector as a critical element of its future-proofing.
Undertaken by Dr Susanne Becken, Professor of Sustainable Tourism at Griffith University and Professor James Higham of the University of Otago, for economic and cultural agency Auckland Unlimited, The carbon footprint of Auckland tourism set about understanding tourism’s greenhouse gas emissions profile in order to inform future planning and management.
With the city facing having to balance its commitment to ambitious reductions in emissions and prepare for the impacts of climate change while also acknowledging that tourism will form an integral part of the Auckland economy after COVID-19, the study applied two methods to measure carbon footprinting.
It found that in 2018, total emissions attributed to tourism reached 1,190 kilo-tonnes of CO2-e with transport related to tourism industries the largest contributor to emissions at 76.9%, with a significant part related to domestic air travel from Auckland.
Tourism’s share of emissions in Auckland was 11.7%, accommodation contributed 16.9% of the total tourism footprint with other tourism-related industries only making up 6.2% of emissions.
The report noted that by far the largest contributor to climate change is international air travel by international visitors to Auckland with 3,513 kilo-tonnes…