"Anarchic" cap and trade won't help the poor: IPCC Vice Chair
study in best practices
COLOMBO, SRI LANKA, April 6, 2008 – The market-based approach to
capping and trading carbon emissions is currently “anarchic” and will
not necessarily help the poor, according to Professor Mohan
Munasinghe, Vice Chair of the 2007 Nobel Prize-winning
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
Nor will cap and trade give them the resources to adapt to climate
“Carbon markets need the appropriate rules; a framework in which the
potentially trillion-dollar industry can operate,” he told Pacific
Asia Travel Association (PATA) Board and Committee members yesterday
in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka is hosting the PATA Annual Meeting, of which the
scene-setting session, “Climate Change – Obstacle and Opportunities”
featuring Prof Munasinghe, was a part.
Prof Munasinghe, himself a Sri Lankan as well as an internationally
respected expert on sustainable development, described climate change
as undermining sustainable development efforts to help the poorest in
the world, by disproportionately and unfairly impacting those same
There are many obvious examples of unsustainable practices that exist
today, and there are many actionable things that individuals and
businesses can do now to help mitigate the effects of climate change,
“You, as members of the travel and tourism industry, are empowered to
change this,” he added. “Businesses can start today to implement the
many examples of good practices that have positive impacts on the
triple bottom-line: financial, natural and social.”
For example, Prof Munasinghe said reforestation and energy
conservation are not new concepts; rather they are “old lessons of
As a case study of what can be achieved, BAA Director of Strategy and
Solutions Nick Barton addressed the audience of more than 130 Asia
Pacific travel and tourism leaders about the dilemma his organisation
finds itself in: Balancing the aviation growth objectives demanded by
the UK government (“300%”) with the obligation to reduce its airports’
Mr Barton said aviation was increasingly being perceived as a selfish
activity in an environment where the awareness of climate change and
its importance had never been higher.
A poll he cited showed 97% of the British public were aware of climate
change and 81% thought it was important.
BAA has revised upwards its targeted carbon reductions from 15% below
1990 levels by 2010, which Mr Barton said BAA was on target to
achieve, to 30% below 1990 levels by 2020.
These targets he said would include the footprints of the new
terminals and runways needed to meet growth targets.
Mr Barton outlined several measures BAA was taking for both new and
These include biomass tri-generation; use of photovoltaics and
micro-renewables; gasification (deriving energy from waste); and
ground coupled chiller heat pumps (GGCHP).
Importantly, BAA’s corporate culture is embracing the need to
mitigate. For example, some 6,000 of BAA’s staff are involved in
car-pooling programmes for commuting to and from work, said Mr Barton.
The PATA Annual Meeting taking place this weekend in Colombo, Sri
Lanka will help define the agenda for Asia Pacific’s peak travel and
tourism body over the next 12 months and beyond.
On Thursday, PATA President and CEO Peter de Jong commended Sri Lanka
Tourism for positioning itself as a world leader in responsible
tourism and for responding to the universal threat of climate change
with the unique Earth Lung initiative.
Mr de Jong urged travel and tourism stakeholders to come to the PATA
CEO Challenge 2008: Confronting Climate Change, April 29-30 in
Bangkok, Thailand to share best practices and commit to positive
Sri Lanka Tourism Chairman Renton de Alwis will present the Earth Lung
initiative at the event. And BAA will share its initiatives during the
Boardroom Challenge on aviation.
Mission statement: “The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) is a
membership association acting as a catalyst for the responsible
development of the Asia Pacific travel and tourism industry. In
partnership with PATA's private and public sector members, we enhance
the sustainable growth, value and quality of travel and tourism to,
from and within the region."
Founded in 1951, PATA is the recognised authority on Asia Pacific
travel and tourism. PATA provides leadership and advocacy to the
collective efforts of nearly 100 government, state and city tourism
bodies, more than 55 airlines and cruise lines, and hundreds of travel
industry companies. In addition, thousands of travel professionals
belong to dozens of PATA chapters worldwide. PATA is a not-for-profit
Find out more at www.PATA.org.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:- Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Marketing Communications, David Gillbanks Tel: + 662 658 2000 Email: david@PATA.org