Tourism Declares a Climate Emergency was launched in January 2020 as a voluntary initiative to align tourism and travel with the target to cut global emissions in half by 2030. Rich in 225 members representing businesses, destinations & NGOs, it recognizes the complex nature of the tourism industry; its impact on the climate but also its potential to influence positive change. As the tourism and events industry looks to recover from the pandemic, Tourism Declares and its members want to share knowledge and best practice to address climate change.
This announcement builds on the Glasgow’s position as the 4th most sustainable conference destination in the world and the only UK city to be included in the Global Destination Sustainability Index (GDS–Index).
“Glasgow is working towards becoming one of Europe’s most sustainable cities and a world-leading centre for sustainable policy, innovation and action. As the city gears up to host COP26, the UN Conference on Climate Change, the Convention Bureau is keen to do its bit,” commented Aileen Crawford, Head of Conventions at Glasgow Convention Bureau. “We’re working closely with our partners to encourage more tourism businesses to develop their sustainability credentials and find out more about certification schemes.”
Glasgow has a growing reputation for business and academic excellence in the energy, sustainability and low carbon industries and as a result, is attracting an increasing number of conferences in these fields.