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Greenhouse gas emissions of different types of holidays

Greenhouse gas emissions of different types of holidays

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This report compares the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of different types of holidays. The study was conducted in Switzerland and assumes that all travel scenarios start in Bern, Switzerland but includes travel to destinations abroad.

For the scenarios investigated (a one week holiday for two persons at various locations) the study finds that the amount of GHG emissions is largely dependent on the transport used: travel by plane resulting in the highest GHG emissions while train travel results in much lower GHG emissions.

The study suggests that (local) tramping or cycling holidays and museum visits are examples of holidays with low GHG emissions while travel to holiday destinations further away and holiday activities such as heli-skiing, jet skiing or cruise ship holidays result in high GHG emissions.

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what can I do to reduce my environmental footprint?

If you want to minimise your impact on the environment, in particular GHG emissions, and probably also save money, choose a destination close by and accessible by train. Avoid travel by plane.

Report Rating: 2 out of 3

Report Published: June 2013

Country: Switzerland

Author(s): Alex König, Niels Jungbluth, Geneviève Doublet

Publisher: ESU-services Ltd

Funder: WWF Schweiz

Keywords: greenhouse gas emissions, GHG, environmental footprint, holidays, travel, leisure activities, destinations

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