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Svenska researrangörer och klimatkompensering: En oönskad lösning på turismresors klimatpåverkan
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Geography and Economic History, Economic and social geography.
2016 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This paper examines the Swedish travel agencies that offer voluntary carbon offsetting to their costumers. Tourism is expanding in a fast rate globally with international arrivals predicted to reach 1,8 billion by 2030 (UNWTO, 2008). Economic development and more availability of individual free time are two of the most significant drivers to this growth in tourism. Globalization has also resulted in the growth and increase of mobility on a global scale (Harvey, 2000). The reduction of cost and time of mobility in space, driven partly by technological innovation in the transport sector has resulted in the increase of mobility (Harvey, 2000). Tourism is inseparable with transport; an increase in tourism therefore results in an increase of emissions related to tourism transports (Duval, 2007). One of the most alarming challenges facing tourism is the increase of green house gases. A number of Swedish travel agencies are offering voluntary carbon offsetting to their costumers as a way of tackling the problem off the increase of emissions related to tourism. This study however shows that the interest and motivation to buy voluntary offsetting from travel agencies are low, and gives some incentive to why that’s the case. Swedish travel agencies effort to sell voluntary carbon offsetting to their costumers must be seen as a failure, both in numbers and in doing any significant impact on the mitigation of climate change related to tourism.

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2016. , 47 p.
Keyword [en]
Tourism impact, Voluntary carbon offsetting, Travel agencies, Climate change mitigation, Mobility, Globalization
National Category
Human Geography
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-122507OAI: diva2:939312
Educational program
Tourism Programme
Available from: 2016-06-27 Created: 2016-06-18 Last updated: 2016-06-27Bibliographically approved

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