AEN Declares a Climate Emergency
The AEN has joined as a signatory for an initiative "Tourism Declares a Climate Emergency" 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.
AEN’s Position on Climate Issues
We have identified the importance of tackling this issue in addition to climate adaptation strategy and held a board meeting right before the COVID-19 outbreak, in Xiling Snow Mountain, near Chengdu in China on January 7, 2020. The outcome as a declaration is shown on this page below.
AEN will introduce the on-line reporting and assessment tool on the GSTC-recognized Asian Ecotourism Standard for Accommodations (AESA) in late 2020 which includes a criterion 4.5-2 ' Do you implement procedures to control and offset greenhouse gas emission as a way to achieve climate neutrality?' The lodge owners will need to upload the evidences to be in compliance with this particular criterion.
We are committed more than ever to hold on-line and low impact events and meetings such as the first International Ecotourism Travel Mart to be held in September 3-5 in the Philippines.
AEN is commitment on ‘Tourism Declares a Climate Emergency’:
Like all signatories, we have committed to the following five actions:
1. Develop a ‘Climate Emergency Plan’ within the next 12 months, which sets out our intentions to reduce carbon emissions over the next decade.
2. Share an initial public declaration of our ‘Climate Emergency Plan’, and update on progress each year.
3. Accept current IPCC advice stating the need to cut global carbon emissions to 55% below 2017 levels by 2030 in order to keep the planet within 1.5 degrees of warming. We’ll ensure our ‘Climate Emergency Plan’ represents actions designed to achieve this as a minimum, through delivering transparent, measurable and increasing reductions in the total carbon emissions per customer arising from our operations and the travel services sold by us.
4. Encourage our suppliers and partners to make the same declaration; sharing best practice amongst peers; and actively participate in the Tourism Declares community
5. Advocate for change. We recognise the need for system change across the industry, and call for urgent regulatory action to accelerate the transition towards zero carbon air travel.