At the 71st DRV annual conference, which is currently taking place in Greece, President Norbert Fiebig called on the industry to do more in the fight against climate change. It is the most important issue for the travel industry. Because global warming is already having a major impact on tourism. As an example, Fiebig mentioned summers with 50-degree heat in many metropolitan areas, devastating forest fires and flood disasters in Germany. “We can’t go on like this,” Fiebig shook the audience.
The industry has to lend a hand
The DRV President urged the industry representatives present to do more with climate protection. To say that travel promotes cultural exchange, value creation and the creation of jobs worldwide is correct, but is no longer enough.
In his speech, Fiebig focused on greenhouse gas emissions and listed what was needed to reduce them: modernization of the aircraft fleets, optimal flight routes and the use of e-fuels – synthetic fuels that are generated from sustainable electricity. These are to be added to fossil fuels in the future. In addition, the quotas for this admixture should increase reliably. “The goal is CO2-neutral mobility,” said Norbert Fiebig.
Know what the carbon footprint looks like before booking
In addition, more transparency is needed. “In future, we will have to provide every trip with a traceable CO2 footprint,” demanded the DRV President. The customer should know before booking what ecological footprint his vacation trip is causing. This information also belonged very quickly to the booking systems.
Fiebig assigned a central role in climate protection to sales. In the future, it will advise holidaymakers on how greenhouse gas emissions can be kept low. For this, however, the necessary knowledge and willingness are necessary.
Flights for ten euros are “irresponsible”
Fiebig classifies flights for ten, 20 or 30 euros as “irresponsible”. “That is not how it works! These flights only cause problems, ”complained the association president. As a first step, it should be ensured that flights are not offered below the price of taxes, duties and fees.
Fiebig knows that the industry has a lot to talk about when it comes to climate protection. “That can only be achieved together. I call on everyone to make a common effort. “
In addition, the customer must be convinced. And that won’t be easy: In a recent Forsa survey, the DRV found that more than 60 percent of those surveyed consider the climate friendliness of a trip to be important or very important. But only 23 percent found out about environmentally friendly travel options when planning their vacation.