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Carbon footprint of tourism in Barcelona
Rico, Anna (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals)
Martínez Blanco, Julia (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals)
Montlleó, Marc (Barcelona Regional. Urban Development Agency)
Rodríguez, Gustavo (Barcelona Regional. Urban Development Agency)
Tavares, Nuno (Barcelona Regional. Urban Development Agency)
Arias Sans, Albert (Barcelona City Council)
Oliver i Solà, Jordi (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals)

Date: 2019
Abstract: This study evaluates the carbon footprint (CF) of Barcelona tourist activity taking into account the above 30 million visitors who visit the city every year. This study analyzes the main sources of emissions considering direct (Scope 1) and indirect emissions (Scope 2 and 3) as a consequence of energy use. This research has been carried out in close collaboration with Barcelona City Council and in the context of the new Strategic Tourism Plan for Barcelona city. The impacts of arrival and departure transport, accommodation, leisure and professional activities and Intra-urban transport from Barcelona city were all included. The total CF of Barcelona tourist activity is about 9. 6MtCO₂eq/year, which represents an emission of 96. 9 kg CO₂eq/visitor·day. The main source of emissions is arrival and departure transport (95. 6%), and particularly aviation. These results show that if substantial reductions in CO₂ emissions are to be achieved, initiatives strategically focused on transport and also accommodation are necessary.
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Language: Anglès.
Document: article ; recerca ; acceptedVersion
Subject: Carbon dioxide emissions ; Energy ; Sustainable tourism ; Air transport ; Greenhouse gas ; City level
Published in: Tourism management, Vol. 70 (Feb. 2019) , p. 491-504, ISSN 0261-5177

DOI: 10.1016/j.tourman.2018.09.012


Available from: 2022-02-28
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