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EWI Responds to Global Challenge of Lowering Tourism Carbon Emissions

December 2, 2019

During COP 25 and the Climate Summit Week, EplerWood International released a statement on the systematic measures needed to limit CO2 emissions of tourism which are 4 times greater than previous estimates and growing faster than most international trade.

In 2019, EplerWood International produced a report together with the Cornell Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise with support from the Travel Foundation, Destinations at Risk, the Invisible Burden, which identifies the unmeasured costs of tourism growth at the destination level.  The firm also worked with the International Sustainable Tourism Initiative (ISTI) at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health to provide local authorities with a systematic data analysis framework developed to measure resource uses and GhG emissions per tourist at the destination level.

EWI seeks to help tourism authorities to better manage tourism growth and align their visitor targets with national and international efforts to lower GhG emissions under the Paris Agreement.

EplerWood International has launched these research efforts to measure the holistic, invisible impacts of tourism, and lower GhG emissions in collaboration with our research partners, and by working with destinations and businesses worldwide.

Read EWI’s full Climate Summit Week Statement here: Systematic Measures Needed to Limit CO2 Emissions of Tourism.

Megan Epler Wood to give Keynote Address in British Columbia

The British Columbia Tourism Industry Conference will take place from March 4-6, 2020 in Victoria, BC. 

Megan Epler Wood will give the Keynote Address titled “Meeting the Challenge of Achieving Sustainable Destinations”. 

Epler Wood’s speech is based on a career of over 30 years providing innovative systems for business, NGOs and governments to build competitive resource efficient tourism economies that benefit all members of society. 

For over 20 years, the BC Tourism Industry Conference has been providing a forum for tourism businesses and stakeholders from around British Columbia to come together to learn from experts and each other about the key issues, challenges and best practices in the industry.

Find out more about the BC Tourism Industry Conference here

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“The earth’s greatest treasures are cracking under the weight of the soaring tourism economy. New data-driven systems to identify the cost of managing tourism’s most valued assets are required to stem a growing crisis in global tourism management. With the right leadership, finance and analysis in place, a whole new generation of tourism professionals can move forward and erase the invisible burden while benefiting millions around the globe.”

Megan Epler Wood, Principal

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