Our Committment

We are knowledgeable about tourism as a driver for Sustainable Development Goals and the twin transition of destinations “greening-digital” at the core of the Green Deal strategies.

Now we wish to scale this work up to the global climate action context. Therefore, we will keep undertaking actions to build a sustainable tourism destinations model and boost the greening-digital transition for us to become more competitive destinations.

We will gather them into this page.

As a first step of this journey, we have committed to the Tourism Declares a Climate Emergency.

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NECSTouR Declares a Climate Emergency

Recognising the urgent need to address climate change, on 14 July NECSTouR has signed up to Tourism Declares, an initiative that supports tourism destinations, organisations and businesses by declaring a climate emergency and taking action to reduce carbon emissions.

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European Green Deal proposes transformation of EU economy and society to meet climate ambitions

On 14 July, the European Commission adopted a package of proposals to make the EU's climate, energy, land use, transport and taxation policies fit for reducing net greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030, compared to 1990 levels.

NECSTouR Declares the Climate Emergency

On July 14, NECSTouR joined the Tourism Declares community by recognising the urgent need to address climate change as we are to ensure the long-term survival of our industry and the many benefits it brings for businesses, visitors and communities.

New Vision "Destination South Limburg 2030"

To positively influence the development of tourism, all municipal councils in South Limburg worked together for the first time in the 150-year touristic history of South Limburg to lay out a vision of tourism that would steer the tanker of tourism in South Limburg to a GREEN Destination.

This vision was called ‘Destination Zuid Limburg 2030’ (Destination South Limburg 2030). The new vision is built on five pillars: Quality, Enticing, Experience South Limburg's Great Stories, Sustainable Rejuvenation, Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

Balearic Islands' Initiatives on Circular Economy

The Government of the Balearic Islands as part of its commitment on climate action, has financed different initiatives on circular economy in the tourism sector by using the sustainable tourism tax. For example, one concrete initiative enabled a hotel to buy machinery to produce compost from the hotel kitchen/garden waste. The organic compost was given to a local farmer who used it to grow vegetables which were then given to the hotel.

Valencia Region Climate Actions in Tourism

The Tourism Department of the Regional Government of the Region of Valencia has produced a handbook for the tourism destinations to support their adaptation to climate change and to take action towards climate emergency.

“Toscana Plastic Free" Project

In 2019, Regional Parliament of Tuscany adopted a dedicated legislation on Plastic reduction. Since then, the Tuscany Region has been working on several initiatives connecting plastic reduction in tourism. The project “Toscana Plastic Free" is an initiative launched by Tuscany Region and implemented by Toscana Promozione Turistica and Fondazione Sistema Toscana, which included  awareness raising campaigns on sustainability and promotional actions.

Andalusian Law on Climate Change and Energy Transition

The Region of Andalusia is deeply committed with the objective of “Zero pollution” according to the Law 8/2018 of climate change and energy transition of Andalusia, a law whose objectives are the quality of air, the management of waste and the promotion of the circular economy. 
 

The Balearic Islands Law on Waste and Polluted Soils

The Balearic Islands Law 8/2019 on Waste and Polluted Soils establishes the regulatory framework for waste with applications in the tourism industry, specially within the HORECA related sectors.

Visit Scotland Climate Action Plan

Visit Scotland is the first National Tourism Authority to declare tourism climate emergency and recommends NECSTouR members to join as well.

Get inspired by the Visit Scotland Climate Action Plan and find out how to translate it your destination’s reality. Chek here