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Energy & Carbon

Navigating Sustainability Claims: How the Global Sustainable Tourism Council, EU Green Claims Directive, and Canadian Sustainability Disclosure Standards will Impact the Tourism Industry

GreenStep’s team has just returned from the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) conference in Stockholm, Sweden. A significant focus of discussion at the conference was the pending changes happening at the European Union (EU) level, and how this will impact the green claims of tourism businesses and destinations marketing to a European audience. The Need …

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Carbon Accounting 101: How to Measure the Carbon Footprint of Your Tourism Business or DMO

According to the Nature Climate Change journal, the tourism industry accounts for 8% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs). In keeping with science-based targets, that means that the tourism sector needs to reduce its carbon footprint by 50% by 2030 to become part of the solution to mitigate climate change. But is this even …

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The Business Case for Sustainable Tourism

“Sustainable tourism”, “going green”, “responsible tourism”.  When business owners think of these terms, they often associate them with being too time consuming, too complex or costing too much money. Consequently, many businesses and organizations miss out on the opportunity to significantly cut costs, increase revenue, and improve profitability. The fact is, a typical business with …

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Ten Ways to Reduce the Carbon Footprint of Your Tourism Business

While there are many ways tourism businesses can reduce their carbon footprint within its operations, one of the biggest opportunities by far is related to transportation: as guests travel to your destination, as they enjoy their experiences, and even the travel choices made among your own staff. Transportation is the largest contributor to global warming, and …

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Top 12 Ways to Save Energy in your Tourism Business

Originally published: 2018 Last updated: 2022 Author: Angela Nagy In the face of rising energy costs, carbon prices, and all the uncertainty we have experienced over the past several years, saving money on energy and doing something about climate change has been a big topic of discussion! However, with a myriad of green technology options, …

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Energy Saving Tips For Your Green Business

Finding ways to conserve energy will not only move your green tourism business in a more sustainable direction, but will also save you money immediately. Energy bills (from lighting, heating and cooling buildings/facilities) are usually some of the most significant costs for businesses. Creating energy conservation policies for your business and investing in energy-saving infrastructure …

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5 Free Ways to Improve Sustainability in Business

There are numerous myths about what it means for businesses to improve their sustainability performance. But research shows that if you don’t go green you will be left behind. Go green ideas may be easier to implement than you think, and doesn’t have to be a long and tedious process. In fact there are a number of ways to …

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Do Carbon Offsets Really Help?

By Erich Schwartz, GreenStep Solutions Pandemic restrictions are almost gone, summer has returned to the northern hemisphere, and tourism businesses are bracing for, yet looking forward to, the beginning of the long recovery. But there’s a catch. As we look to get back to “normal”, the Canadian government has released its 2030 Emission Reduction Plan …

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Measuring Sustainability: Tourism Congress Carbon Footprint & the State of the Canadian Tourism Industry

Written by Angela Nagy For the first time ever, the Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC), in partnership with GreenStep Solutions, is measuring the carbon footprint of the 2021 Tourism Congress. This will help TIAC to better understand its environmental impacts and what opportunities exist to reduce these impacts for future national events.  The carbon …

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