Deloitte and ABTA, the Travel Association, have announced a collaboration on a new project to help advance the industry’s understanding of climate change, the impact it will have on travel businesses, and the actions needed to reduce global emissions.
Over the next year, Deloitte and ABTA will collaborate on a range of activities that will reportedly help ABTA members understand climate change, what decarbonisation looks like across the hospitality and travel industry, and how their businesses can deliver “meaningful change”.
Additionally, both companies will engage senior leaders from ABTA Member travel companies on climate change and they will provide support to develop a “meaningful response” to the crisis, ABTA said.
The project was launched at ABTA’s Decarbonising Tourism event where people from across the industry came together to hear about the industry’s action to transition towards net zero.
Alistair Pritchard, Deloitte’s lead partner for Travel and Aviation, said: “With the imperative to transition to net zero we are collaborating with ABTA on driving sustainability and addressing climate change in the sector.
“We recognise that the industry has been through an extremely challenging period and recovery is an immediate focus, but we hope we will be able to support ABTA members and the wider travel eco-system understand and tackle the transformative changes that businesses need to undertake.”
He added: “Our collaboration will involve bringing greater clarity for the sector on the changes required to help business leaders plot their course to a more sustainable future.”
Mark Tanzer, chief executive of ABTA, said: “Climate change is a global threat and the travel industry, along with all other businesses and government, has an important role to play in reducing carbon emissions.
“Through this collaboration we want to further develop the industry’s understanding of climate change and engage senior leaders in what they need to be thinking about for their businesses and the meaningful actions they can take.”