KELOWNA, BC CANADA – November 4, 2021 – GreenStep announced today that it has become a signatory of the Glasgow Declaration on Climate Action in Tourism, which officially launched today at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26).
As a signatory of the Glasgow Declaration on Climate Action in Tourism, GreenStep has committed to aligning its actions with the latest scientific recommendations, to ensure its approach remains consistent with a rise of no more than 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels by 2100. It also has agreed to deliver or update climate action plans within 12 months, align plans with the five pathways of the Declaration (Measure, Decarbonise, Regenerate, Collaborate, Finance), report publicly on an annual basis, and work in a collaborative spirit, sharing good practices and solutions, and disseminating information.
“To solve the current climate crisis, we must work together now to take measurable actions that will enable us to reach global climate targets. We are excited to be a signatory to the Glasgow Declaration on Climate Action in Tourism, and to be supporting the tourism industry in this global movement to tackle climate change. – Angela Nagy, CEO GreenStep
To support the tourism industry in reaching global climate targets, in 2022 GreenStep’s Sustainable Tourism Division will be launching a free guide and webinar series for tourism businesses to help them measure and reduce their carbon footprint based on the internationally accepted Greenhouse Gas Protocol Corporate Accounting Standard. This will build upon the company’s existing, complimentary programs including the Free Sustainability Score and the Sustainable Tourism 2030 Pledge, both of which GreenStep’s Global Sustainable Tourism Council-Recognized criteria.
The Glasgow Declaration on Climate Action in Tourism unites travel and tourism behind a common set of pathways for climate action, aligning the sector with global commitments and catalysing collaborative solutions to the many challenges facing businesses and destinations globally. The Glasgow Declaration encourages the acceleration of climate action in tourism by securing commitments to reduce emissions in tourism by at least 50% over the next decade and achieve Net Zero as soon as possible before 2050.
GreenStep was founded in 2008 to help small to medium-sized enterprises measure and improve their sustainability performance. To date, the organization has worked with more than 3000 businesses and organizations of all sizes, in a variety of industries such as tourism and hospitality, retail, professional services, and manufacturing. For more information, visit www.greenstep.ca. Through the Sustainable Tourism Division, GreenStep provides assessments, training, strategy and certifications to tourism businesses and destinations.
About the One Planet network Sustainable Tourism Programme
The One Planet Sustainable Tourism Programme has the overall objective to enhance the sustainable development impacts of the tourism sector by 2030, by developing, promoting and scaling up sustainable consumption and production practices that boost the efficient use of natural resources while producing less waste and addressing the challenges of climate change, loss of biodiversity and pollution. The Sustainable Tourism Programme is part of the One Planet network, a multi-stakeholder partnership to implement SDG 12 on Sustainable Consumption and Production. https://www.oneplanetnetwork.org/programmes/sustainable-tourism