Minister of Tourism Jamaica at RESET 2022

We had a great conversation with the Jamaican Minister for Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett on the 1st August to discuss sustainable resilient tourism agendas for Jamaica, the region and globally. Emphasising how we needed an authentic measure of harm impacts to nature and culture as we rebound from Covid 19, tackling the pent up demand of release, and ensuring we quickly and effectively put in place systems that preserve and restore our natural, business and cultural tourism assets; and build in future resilience to more climate crises and black swan events like covid. We also introduced our new software to him for this measure GaBI (Greenhouse Gas and Biodiversity Impact) tool. And the wonderful natural assets of Jamaica

We are pleased to report that either he or Jamaica is represented as a speaker at the RESET tourism and hospitality summit on the 16th September 2022 in London

Nicki TLC Harmony and Hon Ed Bartlett Tourism Minster Jamaica

RESET 2022 TOURISM, HOTELS & HOSPITALITY – SUSTAINABLY

RESET 2022 is confirmed for the 16th September, Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/reset-travel-tourism-hospitality-sustainability-summit-tickets-353625051047

About the Summit
RESET is the premier global sustainability, tourism and hospitality summit. RESET returns in-person on 16th September 2022 at the Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill after a highly successful virtual summit in 2021.
Let’s be clear: sustainable practice is no longer a choice; it’s essential to ensure the future of the travel and tourism industry and more importantly, the planet that we call home.
Join us for a day of unmissable panels, captivating discussions, and hard talks covering everything green in the travel and tourism industry and how you can make a real change to your business’ sustainability

TLC will link its Carbon Mitigation and Offset price to the European Allowances (EUA) Market

TLC offset principles include:
• Only targeting natural carbon offsets that are also linked directly to biodiversity preservation, regeneration of restoration

• Not to seek the cheapest form of offset for business but align the offset cost per ton to either: the European Carbon Futures Market price; or Physical Carbon European Union Carbon Allowances price per ton. See tracker price below). This puts a mandatory and independently verifiable figure to carbon.

• A willingness to consider biodiversity only related offset, not just carbon, where the value of that biodiversity can be scientifically verified independent of carbon impacts.

• We will align and promote offset projects that have been aligned to the UN or other multi-national verified projects

TLC signs the The Glasgow Declaration on Climate Action in Tourism

The Declaration is aiming to:

  • Define a clear and consistent sector-wide message and approach to climate action in the coming decade, aligned with the wider scientific framework and urgency to act now. 
  • Outline the pathways and specific actions that will accelerate tourism’s ability to transform tourism and achieve net zero emissions as soon as possible. 
  • Encourage signatories across the tourism industry to demonstrate their public support for scaling up the sector’s response to the climate emergency.

The signatories of the Glasgow Declaration agree on five shared pathways to ensure climate action is aligned across all of tourism sector: Measure, Decarbonise, Regenerate, Collaborate, Finance.

View the details on: https://www.oneplanetnetwork.org/programmes/sustainable-tourism/glasgow-declaration

Measuring Hotels Carbon impacts, should include Guest Travel as part of Scope 3 CO2e emissions, it is the largest component of your operational CO2 harm impact.

Not including guest travel and not going to scope 3 in your hotels/ resorts CO2 emissions measure is like trying to weigh yourself while keeping a foot on the floor to support most of the weight; a bit daft and a lot self defeating

The pie chart graphic is for a real world UK hotel 2019 carbon, it demonstrates how guest and business travel represents 50% of their total CO2 emissions. For ‘long haul’ hotels and resorts such as the Maldives, we have seen the Guest Travel component being higher than 70% of total!

I understand why a hotel may not want to consider this element, but the measure is relatively easy to acquire the data for it being as easy as asking—- where did you travel from? It’s also relatively easy to mitigate against.
Ask us how, and ask TLC and our partners how you can get your guests to be part of that mitigation strategy.

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Scope 1:
All direct emissions produced by a reporting company, such as
emissions from fuel combustion on site for heating or cooking, and
emissions from fuel used in company owned vehicles.

Scope 2:
Indirect emissions from purchased electricity, steam, heating, or
cooling a company uses across its facilities. These emissions are
considered indirect, because they are generated off-site to produce
energy that is then consumed by the reporting company .

Scope 3:
Represents all other indirect emissions that are a result of activities
that occur in the value chain. This includes 15 categories:
1.Purchased Goods and Services
2: Capital Goods
3: Fuel- and Energy-Related Activities Not Included in Scope 1 or Scope 2
4: Upstream Transportation and Distribution
5: Waste Generated in Operations
6: Business Travel
7: Employee Commuting
8: Upstream Leased Assets
9: Downstream Transportation and Distribution
10: Processing of Sold Products
11: Use of Sold Products
12: End-of-Life Treatment of Sold Products
13: Downstream Leased Assets
14: Franchises
15: Investments

More information on Scope 3 and a Greenhouse Gas tool to help you measure can be found on the Greenhouse Gas Protocol’s website: https://ghgprotocol.org/

TLC signs the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Pledge

The Climate Neutral Now Initiative is one of several initiatives launched by the UNFCCC secretariat to increase climate action by engaging non-Party stakeholders (sub-national governments, companies, organizations, individuals). It was launched in 2015 based on a mandate to promote the voluntary use of carbon market mechanisms recognized under the Convention.  

https://unfccc.int/climate-action/climate-neutral-now

The Climate Neutral Now Initiative encourages and supports organizations and other interested stakeholders to act now in order to achieve a climate neutral world by 2050 as enshrined in the Paris Agreement.  The initiative is NOT a certification scheme for its participants. It is a tool to promote additional voluntary action on climate, and to provide recognition for it. Claims of carbon neutrality, net zero or similar are out of the scope of Climate Neutral Now, even when participation in the initiative can help stakeholders advance in their path to achieve those certifications through suitable standards and processes.

Graph explaining the process to become climate neutral

TLC links with Surrey University School of Hospitality and Tourism Management to deliver Open Lectures on Sustainability

We are pleased to announce that TLC will partner with Surrey University School of Hospitality and Tourism Management to deliver open lectures on Sustainability in Hospitality and Tourism.

Coming in 2022 as part of the wider RESET Hospitality and Tourism Sustainably summit

More details to come!

TLC Endorses the Taskforce on Scaling Voluntary Carbon Markets – launched by Mark Carney, UN Special Envoy for Climate Action and Finance

Taskforce on Scaling Voluntary Carbon Markets

Endorsement Letter September 2021
In order to achieve the 1.5C Paris ambition, the world needs substantial emission reductions. We, as leaders in our organizations, understand this. Further, we support a clear mitigation hierarchy for companies: reducing emissions comes first, carbon credits are an important complement.

Large, high-integrity, voluntary carbon markets (VCM) play an important role in mitigating climate change by enabling billions of dollars flowing to projects that help avoid, reduce, remove and sequester CO2 emissions. In order to accelerate climate action, we need investments into both avoidance / reduction as well as removal / sequestration credits.

We are pleased to see that the Taskforce on Scaling Voluntary Carbon Markets (TSVCM) issued a report on July 8th that marks a significant step forward in bringing integrity and scale to these crucial markets. We broadly support the recommendations of TSVCM, notably:
• Governance: We support the setup of an umbrella governance body to oversee the VCMs landscape, to increase credit quality and harmonize standards
• Legal & contracts: We stand by standardized core carbon reference terms that drive liquidity in the market, thereby supporting a transparent price signal
• Credit-level Integrity: We support the framework for Core Carbon Principles and additional attributes that ensure high quality standards and credibility. Once operational, we will develop, trade and purchase credits adhering to those principles

We are committed to leading our organizations to net zero and averting the climate crisis.
We believe this effort by the TSVCM increases our ability to do so.
Signed
Leo Downer
Executive Director
TLC Harmony/ TLC Health Travel Ltd

The Wealthy contribute most to climate change and can and should be using their power to tackle it.

Its great when you comes across an article and research that really supports your policy position,

The outsized potential of the wealthy and well-connected to accelerate climate action

“The world’s wealthy contribute significantly more to climate change than others. But they can also play an outsized role in the fight against climate change through personal choices and influence on others, and should be encouraged to wield this power, researchers argue in a paper in Nature Energy.

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41560-021-00900-y

https://www.anthropocenemagazine.org/2021/10/those-with-wealth-and-connections-need-to-use-their-influence-for-a-climate-win/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=those-with-wealth-and-connections-need-to-use-their-influence-for-a-climate-win

TLC Harmony spoke at the the Institute of Travel and Tourism Conference 11th – 14th September 2021

TLC Harmony had a great time at the 2021 Institute of Travel and Tourism Conference, held on the MSC cruise ship leaving from Southampton. Our position was clearly that:

Tourism relies on the Natural World for the highlights in the traveler experience.
And the Natural World, in turn, should be able to rely on tourism

You can read the full txt of our speech on the link below

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