Spotlight on…Topic 3: Carbon footprint, pollution, and waste

Reducing carbon footprint, pollution, and wasteful resource use

The third module of the Sustainable Tourism Training platform  discusses how environmental impacts can be reduced.

Unfortunately, tourist activities can have significant impacts on the environment, which affect both nature and people. When travelling to and perhaps spending the night in or around a protected area, visitors consume energy and water, produce greenhouse gas emissions, create waste, and affect biodiversity.

But protected area stakeholders – including businesses – can help tourists to reduce their impacts, while themselves realising greater sustainability, fewer costs, and improved protection of the area. This module explores how this can be achieved through environmental impact management, certification and assessment, green initiatives, and sustainable transport.

We share experiences of managing energy and water use, waste, and noise and light pollution. We also look at sustainable transport policies and practices, examining available transport alternatives.

Want to find out all about this and other aspects of sustainable tourism in protected areas? Register now for free via and discover 9 modules (available in 4 languages) of this online learning platform. This platform is developed within the Erasmus+ project ‘Sustainable Tourism: Training for Tomorrow’ and is accessible to everyone.