Queensland Climate Change Response Plan

The world’s first industry-led climate change response plan has been launched in a bid to build a more resilient future for Queensland’s tourism industry.

The Building a resilient tourism industry: Queensland tourism climate change response plan is the culmination of more than six months work by Griffith Institute for Tourism and Queensland Tourism Industry Council and the Department of Environment and Science.  The plan aims to help the tourism industry promote building business resilience and reduce its footprint, as well as lead the way in supporting and driving a successful transition to a low carbon economy.

Carbon offsetting and aviation

Carbon offsetting will play an increasingly important role in the global Travel and tourism industry.  However, despite the important contribution that offsetting can make, there is considerable misunderstanding about what it is and whatit can and cannot achieve.  Analysing the  carbon offsetting practices of 139 airlines, a set of five best-practice principles was developed to help airlines improve the reporting of their offsetting schemes.  

This research  is a collaboration between Griffith Institute for Tourism and Griffith Climate Change Response Program.  The full paper was published in the Journal of Air Transport Management.  You can find a summary article and discussion in GreenAir Online.

Carbon reporting in Travel and Tourism

Measurement, reporting and disclosure of greenhouse gas emissions are becoming more mainstream, especially amongst larger corporations.

Written in partnership with Amadeus, the report concludes that both industry leadership and an enabling policy environment are required to achieve fast progress in reporting, disclosure and reduction of carbon emissions. Customer support for low-carbon products exists but greater pressure from the travelling public is currently limited due to lack of willingness to change behaviour, incomplete knowledge about impacts, and lack of readily available and easy-to-understand options.

Eco-adapt in the Pacific

Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) is an approach that uses natural processes and systems to help communities adapt to climate change and reduce the risk associated with climate-related hazards. GIFT is leading the social component of the 5-year project, led by the Griffith Climate Change Response Program. The project focuses on Vanuatu and Samoa, and involves collaborations with key stakeholders in the Pacific region.

The research aims to address key climate adaptation questions and provide useful knowledge to decision-makers.

An infographic on Traditional knowledge and ecosystem-based adaptation in the Pacific illustrates how GIFT's research in Vanuatu and Samoa is being incorporated and used in ecosystem-based adaptation.

Project team: Dr Johanna Nalau, Professor Susanne Becken

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