Climate action knowledge bank

Addressing the Climate Action Crisis is imperative for Ireland as well as globally. The Irish Government have developed the Tourism Action Plan 2019-21 in response to the crisis, outlining the specific steps which businesses can take to mitigate the effects of climate change. Internationally, the UNWTO have developed a suite of resources to help guide tourism businesses through the steps they can take to help futureproof their operations against climate change – such as the Hotel Energy Solutions toolkit and their reports on ‘Addressing pollution from single use plastics’ and ‘Recommendations for the tourism sector to continue taking action on plastic pollution during COVID-19 recovery’. In addition Tourism for SDGs provide research, education and training, events, initiatives, policy papers and more on their co-creation platform. We have listed a selection of these resources for you to review in our Climate Knowledge Bank on this page and hope that you find them useful.

Sustainable Tourism Working Group Report – Interim Action Plan

A working group was established under the Tourism Action Plan 2019-2021 to review international policy and best practice in sustainable tourism and propose guiding principles for sustainable tourism development in Ireland. To maintain momentum on the sustainable tourism agenda, the working group has drawn up an interim action plan which identifies a suite of actions that aim to promote sustainable tourism practices out to 2023.

Sustainable Tourism Working Group Report – Guiding Principles

A working group was established under the Tourism Action Plan 2019-2021 to review international policy and best practice in sustainable tourism and propose guiding principles for sustainable tourism development in Ireland. To maintain momentum on the sustainable tourism agenda, the working group has drawn up an interim action plan which identifies a suite of actions that aim to promote sustainable tourism practices out to 2023.

Tourism for Sustainable Development Goals

Research, education, and training, events, initiatives, policy papers, company CSR and stories on the Tourism for SDGs (T4SDG) co-creation platform.

UNWTO resources

Multiple resources from the UNWTO on sustainable development including sections on Biodiversity, Climate action, the Global Tourism Plastics Initiative and Hotel Energy Solutions (HES).

Global Tourism Plastics Initiative

Guidelines, toolkits and reports relating to the UNWTO Global Tourism Plastics initiative including the reports ‘Addressing pollution from single use plastics’ and ‘Recommendations for the tourism sector to continue taking action on plastic pollution during COVID-19 recovery.’

Hotel Energy Solution e-toolkit

This easy-to-use and free of charge e-toolkit provides hoteliers with a report assessing their current energy use, and recommends appropriate renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. It further suggests what savings on operating expenses hotels can expect from green investments through a Return on Investments.

Resource Efficiency in Tourism

Baseline Report on the Integration of Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns into Tourism Policies. This link also includes videos from Ministers of Tourism from across the World discussing the topic of sustainable tourism policies.

COP25, COP26 and the Glasgow Declaration on Climate Action

Information on COP25 and COP26 and the Glasgow Declaration on Climate action. Also includes useful videos and reports on reducing CO2 emissions in the Tourism sector.

One Planet Sustainable Tourism Programme

Details of the benefits of joining the One Planet Sustainable Tourism Programme and information on how to join

Biodiversity

Information on the relationship between tourism and biodiversity and details of how the UNWTO is working with tourism destinations to contribute to the protection of biodiversity and enhance its role as a main resource for tourism destinations.

Travel Facilitation and Sustainable Development

Information on the study undertaken by UNWTO and WTTC, which looked at the impacts of visa facilitation on tourism demand and ultimately on job creation.