Mitigating the Consequences of Climate Change
Kuoni Group recognises the clear consensus within the scientific community that climate change caused by human activities is occurring now. According to the UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), tourism is responsible for about 5% of global CO2 emissions. 75% of these tourism-driven CO2 emissions are caused by passenger transport, 21% by accommodation and 4% by activities at the holiday destinations. Often the places that attract tourists – fragile coastal zones, islands and mountains – are also the ones under most threat from climate change.
Measuring and monitoring our carbon footprint
Measuring and reporting carbon emissions in our operations along internationally-recognised guidelines and scientifically sound methodologies is of utmost importance. We are proud to say that our environmental reporting and carbon fooprint covers all Kuoni Group offices and facilities worldwide. For a more detailed overview of our reporting scope, please view our Scope 2 and Scope 3 boundaries available here. Data related to energy consumption and carbon emissions due to our operations can also be found here.
Biogas plants for food and health in India
Most recently, Kuoni Group supports myclimate’s project for domestic biogas plants in rural India. In Karnataka State, many people live in rural areas. Here, agriculture is still the most important source of income and many families own some cattle on their lands. However, cattle manure can cause sanitary problems and it is a source of climate active methane emissions. Another reason for high greenhouse gas emissions is the traditional way of cooking on open fire pits causing immense in house pollution and demanding high amounts of time for collecting firewood or money for buying kerosene. The domestic biogas plants are able to solve both of these problems and improve the quality of life of the local population.
With three approaches, the project protects the environment and reduces emissions. First of all, harmful methane gases are no longer released as cattle manure and domestic wastewater are collected in the biogas plants and then transformed into gas for cooking. As a result, there is no more need of collecting and burning firewood or other fossil fuels, which leads to time and money savings as well as to less degradation of the forest. Lastly, families with biogas plants also benefit from higher crop yields thanks to high quality organic fertilizer which is a side product of the biogas process. Combining all these factors, one single biogas plant saves 5.4 tones of CO2 emissions per year. During the whole project lifetime, myclimate aims to provide biogas plants for more than 9000 families reducing more than 450’000 tones of CO2.
You can find more information on this project here.