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Tourism and Climate Change Leading by Example: Best Practices in Renewable Energy Among Multiple Tourism Industry Sectors  . Ted Martens October 29 th , 2008. Presentation Outline. Definitions Benefits & Limitations RETI Best Practices Airlines Accommodations Tour Operators

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Tourism and Climate Change

Leading by Example:

Best Practices in Renewable Energy

Among Multiple Tourism Industry Sectors  

Ted Martens

October 29th, 2008


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Presentation Outline

  • Definitions

  • Benefits & Limitations

  • RETI Best Practices

    • Airlines

    • Accommodations

    • Tour Operators

    • Cruise Lines

    • Ski Resorts

    • Public Land Agencies

  • Conclusion


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Who is STI?

Non-profit whose mission is to help travelers and tourism providers protect the places they visit, and the planet at large.

Leave the World a Better Place®


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Defining Best Practice

“A process, technique, or innovative use of resources that results in outstanding and measurable improvement in the operation or performance of a tourism business.”


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RETI Best Practice Benefits

  • Reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and operational costs

  • Enhanced customer loyalty and business marketability

  • Availability of tax incentives, rebates and grants

  • Significant return on investment


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RETI Additional Benefits

  • Diversify global power supply

  • Decrease dependency on non-renewable energy sources

  • Creation of “green collar” jobs and sustainable economic development

  • Enhanced protection of the environment


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Best Practices Analysis

  • Accommodations

  • Airlines

  • Cruise Lines

  • Public Land Agencies

  • Ski Resorts

  • Tour Operators


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Accommodations Sector

  • Building management controls

  • 1 megawatt solar photovoltaic system

  • 80 kilowatt windmill

  • Energy efficiency measures

  • Solar hot water systems

  • Carbon neutral accommodations


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Accommodations Sector

  • Cost of renovations

    • US$460,000

  • Projected savings through 07

    • US$238,283

  • Actual savings through 07

    • US$381,824

  • Cut approx 10k tons of CO2


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Airline Sector

  • Multi-faceted initiatives to reduce fuel consumption

  • Voluntary carbon offset initiatives

  • Reductions in idling times

  • Development of prototype carbon-composite aircraft

  • Fleet renewal with more fuel efficient aircraft

  • Retrofits of existing engines with more efficient fan blades


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Airline Sector

  • 110.7 million gallons of fuel saved per year

  • Reduction of 908,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent since 2003


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Cruise Line Sector

  • Using shore power while docked in port

  • Employing solar and wind energy on board

  • Reduced fuel consumption

  • Education and outreach


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Public Land Agency Sector

  • Solar photovoltaic, micro-hydro, and wind energy systems

  • Fleet management strategies to limit fuel use and emissions

  • Green building and energy efficiency management practices

  • Carbon sequestration Economic Impacts


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Ski Resort Sector

  • Holistic sustainability planning

  • Purchase of renewable energy credits

  • Enhanced vehicle fuel efficiency

  • Building modifications and new LEED-certified facilities

  • Installation of hydroelectric and PV systems

  • Harnessing of methane from wastewater and concerting it to energy


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Ski Resort Sector

  • Saved over 850 tons of CO2 and 1600 MWh

  • Retrofits have reduced annual energy consumption by 4580 MWH


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Tour Operator Sector

  • Reduction of diesel generator use through solar power and advanced battery technology

  • Support vehicle fleet powered by waste vegetable oil

  • On-site, grid-tied solar PV systems

  • Development of environmental standards for suppliers

  • Use of wind-powered water pumps and solar water heaters

  • Purchase of renewable energy credits or carbon offsets


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For More Information

Visit RETI:

www.renewabletourism.org

Visit STI:

www.sustainabletravelinternational.org

Call: 800-276-7764

Leave the World a Better Place®


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