Highland Tourism CIC’s Climate Positive Leadership Group (CPLG) was formed in March 2022 and brings together a range of experts and experienced professionals from a variety of backgrounds to identify and realise opportunities for the tourism and renewable energy sectors to work together. The aim of the CPLG will be to work for a climate positive future across the region and to enable Highland Tourism CIC to realise its vision of a sustainable future for the industry.
Our response to any emergency has to be rapid, all-inclusive significant. In the Highlands, tourism is a mainstay of our economy accounting for over 10% of our businesses and as much as 43% of our employment, so we have work to do.
Over 10% of the Highlands’ economy comes from Tourism. So, it is clear that the Tourism sector has a critical role to play in addressing the problems of climate change and demonstrating to the world what climate positive tourism really means.
But we can’t rely on our geographic good fortune and engineering skills. As well as having some spectacular environmental assets, we have some deep-rooted challenges which we need to address if we are to truly tackle the climate emergency in all of our activities.
Many of our communities are in isolated rural locations and reducing carbon miles for deliveries and travel will require positive and coherent community action. We need to embrace new technologies that allow people to travel more sustainably. We need to source materials and food more locally and we need to minimise the carbon footprint of our waste, finding local, community-based, circular economy solutions.
If you could help The Highlands become a climate positive destination and want to help us build a premium environmental tourism brand, why not become an ambassador? Get in touch with us.
Future of Tourism
We’ve joined the movement to reshape the Future of Tourism! We are excited to announce that Highland Tourism has signed the new set of Guiding Principles launched by the Future of Tourism Coalition. As a signatory, we commit to place destination needs at the centre of our recovery strategies and do our part to build a better tomorrow for travel and tourism. Read more here >>
We’ve signed up to Tourism Declares, an initiative that supports tourism businesses, organisations and individuals in declaring a climate emergency and taking purposeful action to reduce their carbon emissions as per the advice from The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to cut global carbon emissions to 55% below 2017 levels by 2030.
Sustainable Development Goals
We’ve subscribed to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. At its heart are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).