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Tackling climate change is the biggest challenge facing Scottish tourism. We want to inspire future generations to say that Scottish tourism led the way and made a difference.

Scotland is already considered as a leader in the field of responsible tourism. Now is the time to take it to the next level:


In this section:

  1. Climate change and tourism
  2. Advice and support
  3. Further resources

1. Climate change and tourism

Tourism is a clear contributor to the global climate crisis, but also stands to suffer its consequences. So it is now more important than ever for tourism to step up and show how the sector can be part of the solution.

Climate change and extreme weather events have already harmed many aspects of our natural environment. And these adverse effects trickle down to our communities and businesses as well.

Find out more

2. Advice and support

Begin your climate action today. Take a look at our top tips and get inspired by others who have begun their journey.

Start your journey to net zero

Net zero is when we take in as many greenhouse gasses as we emit.

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    Where am I now?

    Firstly, it is important to understand your current emissions and where they are coming from:

    • Assess your current energy use by reviewing your bills and reading your meters
    • Do a site walk round to see where energy is being used and identify quick savings
    • Assess and prioritise your opportunities for saving

    Read more.


    Secondly, we recommend that you get a clear sense of your indirect emissions associated with your business activity. This includes your supply chain, as well as staff travel and waste disposal.

    Find out how to calculate your business' carbon footprint.

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    Where am I going?

    It's important to set targets for when you aim to reach net zero emissions and milestones along the way. We recommend aligning your targets with Scotland’s net zero by 2045 ambitions and a milestone of 75% reduction by 2030.

    You can always review your targets as you go along and see if you can be more ambitious.

    Make sure to track your progress and share your plans with your staff, customers, and suppliers.

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    How am I going to get there?

    Reaching net zero emissions by 2045 will involve making changes to how we use energy, how we travel, what we buy and reducing waste. Many are practical actions that are low cost or no cost but others will need investment. There is a wide range of advice and support available for your business.

    Identify the priority actions for your business. Use our factsheets for more information.

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    Share your story with your customers

    Consumers want to travel more sustainably. They want to manage their interactions with a destination and its residents in a thoughtful manner. Let people know what you’re doing and help them to reduce their carbon emissions when visiting.

    Why not consider joining a Green Certification programme? You'll get a credible and independently verified badge to promote your commitment and actions to your customers.

    Use your own channels to let visitors know what steps you’re taking, and what the outcomes are.

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    Share your story with your fellow tourism businesses

    Share your story on becoming a more responsible, low carbon business with others.

    This will foster collaboration and learning, so we can go faster and further in Scotland's journey to net zero.

3. Further resources

Find ways that you can make changes in your life. There’s a host of advice and support out there to help your business.

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