Signed by leading associations and government departments in South Africa, the accord is a commitment by SAACI to effectively manage greenhouse gas emissions
SAACI members have approved the accord on 28 March 2014
VOLUNTARY ACCORD ON GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS
We need to bring to your attention some staggering figures. Are you aware that the tourism sector contributes approximately 5 percent to global anthropogenic CO2 emissions worldwide? One of the main contributors being particularly from a transportation and accommodation perspective.
It is with this in mind and against this background that the Directorate for Responsible Tourism at the National Department of Tourism (NDT) have developed a voluntary accord to encourage the department and the tourism sector work together to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases within the industry.
The NDT will provide strategic and political direction to guide the implementation of climate change action in the tourism sector.
The time has come for the tourism sector, among others, to take the lead in implementing concrete measures to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases throughout the tourism value chain.
Please take careful note that the implementation of the voluntary accord will be a continuous process.
SAACI, as the representative association for the business events industry has been asked to endorse the accord.
The SAACI Board is comfortable with its content and confident that it will make a real contribution to increased sustainable practices in our industry.