Tourism transport, technology, and carbon dioxide emissions

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Technological development from horse-drawn carriages to the new Airbus A380 has led to a remarkable increase in both the capacity and speed of tourist travel. This development has an endogenous systemic cause and will continue to increase carbon dioxide emissions/energy consumption if left unchecked. Another stream of technological research and development aims at reducing pollution and will reduce emissions per passenger-kilometer, but suffers from several rebound effects. The final impact on energy consumption depends on the strength of the positive and negative feedback in the technology system of tourism transport. However, as the core tourism industry including tour operators, travel agencies, and, accommodation has a strong link with air transport, it is unlikely that technological development without strong social and political control will result in delivering the emission reductions required for avoiding dangerous climate change.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTourism and the implications of climate change : issues and actions
EditorsC. Schott
Place of PublicationBingley
Number of pages24
ISBN (Print)978-0-85724-619-6
Publication statusPublished - 2010

Publication series

NameBridging tourism theory and practice


  • Energy efficiency
  • System dynamics
  • Technology
  • Transport
  • Travel time budget


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