WTM Responsible Tourism Programme: How can Travel and Tourism best reduce the carbon emissions of our industry?

WTM Responsible Tourism Programme: How can Travel and Tourism best reduce the carbon emissions of our industry?

4 Apr 2019, 13:00 - 13:45

Inspire Theatre
Portuguese (Brazil)

The travel and tourism industry is benefiting from relatively high levels of growth in demand as new origin markets enjoy sufficiently high prosperity to travel both domestically and internationally. The rapid increase in demand for tourism is overcoming the benefits of the relatively slow introduction of decarbonisation in the sector. With high rates of growth, the sector will become more and more significant as polluters come under increasing pressure from regulators who apply the “who pollutes pays” principle. The demand for a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in all parts of the industry has never been so strong and public awareness of the subject and its consequences is increasing. Climate change is now happening and resulting in forest fires, heat waves, coastal flooding and extreme weather events. The latest IPCC report reminds us that human activities have caused a 1° C increase in pre-industrial temperature levels. Emissions have recently started rising again. The IPCC is now predicting, with a large degree of confidence, that global warming is likely to reach 1.5° C between 2030 and 2052 if it continues to rise at the current rate. Life will become increasingly unpleasant and dangerous for millions of us unless we take action. Our industry needs to collaborate and act now to reduce its carbon emissions, and the need to increase the resilience of its business has never been stronger.

Moderator: Gustavo Pinto, Inverted America                                 


  • Marcos Silveira Buckeridge, Professor and Director of the Institute of Biosciences of the University of São Paulo (USP);
  • Alessia Kossmehl, Head of projects, Condor Travel;
  • Gustavo Timo, Product Development and Destination Director, Adventure Travel Trade Association;
  • Rogério Benevides, Consultant, Brazilian Airline Association (ABEAR).   


  • Gustavo Pinto



    Inverted America

    Master's Degree in Responsible Tourism at Manchester Metropolitan University - UK. Founder at Inverted America (www.invertedamerica.com), a...

  • Alessia Kossmehl


    Head of projects

    Condor Travel

    She has a degree in Sustainable Tourism and Ecotourism, a Master’s degree in Development from Universidad del Valle (Guatemala) and a diploma in...

  • Gustavo Timo


    Product Development and Destination Director

    Adventure Travel Trade Association

    With more than 20 years working with adventure tourism and ecotourism, he is currently the Destination Development Director at ATTA. He is a mountain...

  • Rogério Benevides



    Brazilian Airline Association (ABEAR)

    An aeronautical engineer, he graduated in 1984 from ITA (Technological Institute of Aeronautics) and has extensive experience in airport planning,...

  • Marcos Silveira Buckeridge


    Professor and Director of the Institute of Biosciences

    University of São Paulo - USP

    Marcos Buckeridge is Associate Professor at the Department of Botany of the University of São Paulo and Director of the National Institute of Science...

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