Travel companies need to examine accommodation and food as well as transport when trying to reduce carbon emissions, new research suggests.
A study looking at four of Responsible Travel’s specialist holiday companies – in France, Devon, Croatia and Spain – found tourists’ meals and hotels can account for a large proportion of the emissions generated by a trip.
The data was commissioned by Responsible Travel with Professor Stefan Gossling of Lund University and Dr Ya-Yen Sun of The University of Queensland.
It found although transport is still the largest polluter during a holiday overall, there were cases where a traveller’s ’foodprint’ is greater.
Smaller accommodations can also emit four times less carbon than larger hotel chains.