Climate Emergency

Not ours but ours to look after
There is no longer any real debate that humans are to blame for unprecedented global warming. Or that mankind faces an existential crisis. And there is no escaping the fact that tourism is responsible for around 8% of the emissions causing the emergency. It’s a fact not lost on millions of travellers now looking to ensure that their travel will not destroy our planet.
Climate Positive Leadership Group

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.

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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.

There are a huge range of ways you can reduce your carbon footprint as a business and there is lots of free help to get your journey to carbon zero underway including loans, interest-free grants and free advice and consultancy:

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.

Case Studies

Tomatin Distillery


Skye Inn


Nevis Range


Glen Mhor


Some of the initiatives Highland Tourism CIC are committed to

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 >>

Tourism Declares

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. Read more here >>

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). Read more here >>

Leading Sustainable Tourism in the Highlands

Nevis Range exists because of our environment. Without the splendid mountains and beautiful scenery surrounding us, Nevis Range would not exist. That is why we have been taking care of
Wilderness Scotland has been dedicated to operating to the highest standards of sustainable tourism since starting 20 years ago.
Proud Golf Environment Award Winners 2021. Read about the environmental practices they’ve adopted.
Mackays Hotel we are proud that they achieved a Gold for their first ever assessment by the Green Tourism Business scheme

Highland Tourism Climate Emergency News