Tourism and Covid-19: Priority Options for Reducing Travel Carbon Emissions in Africa

Priority options for travelers to address travel related emissions

This year marks the start of the SDG decade of action and there is no better time than now, for travelers to have their input to collective action to climate change Long haul travel, currently at a pause due to COVID 19 adds to overall trip carbon footprint.Fortunately, a number of initiatives bring responsibility for climate action within individual travelers reach These include paying for carbon offsets, using carbon efficient airlines, traveling near home, opting for itineraries with less flying options.

Ideally, carbon offset schemes support community conservation efforts, curb deforestation, and reduce forest shrinkage. Many offsets invest in protection of critical forests around the world, and therefore contribute to expanding carbon sinks in multiple areas globally. It is important for travelers to verify credibility of offset schemes they invest in Carbon efficient airlines also have options for voluntary carbon offsetting, and travelers make purchase decisions as influenced by source credibility.  Airlines might therefore want to communicate their options for carbon offsets, in a way that shows credibility, where travelers can perceive their communication as a source of valid assertions.

Travelers are willing to cut their carbon emissions in travel. Travel providers can work ways to optimize the efficiency and adoption of options for travelers to reduce carbon emissions in travel. Decision makers can play a role by introducing a carbon tax on international travel to manage its demand, combine this with supply restrictions on service frequencies for airlines, to have better outcomes for reduction on aviation carbon emissions.  It is important for such decisions to be fully aware of the possibility of negative economic outcomes.