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Climate Friendly Travel Think Tank

The inaugural SUNx Malta 2020 Climate Friendly Travel Think Tank with 35 global thought leaders met from 24th - 28th February in Qawra, Malta. It operated in the context of the long-term transformational vision of the late Maurice Strong for sustainable development that responds coherently to the climate crisis.

The First “Climate Friendly Travel” Sector Report, co-produced by SUNx Malta and the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) in September 2019 and issued on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly was reviewed and strongly endorsed, along with its key messages:

The Climate Crisis is eXistential.

Climate Action is Urgent

Climate & Carbon Ambitions Globally must increase

Travel & Tourism Sector Climate Ambition must intensify

Climate Friendly Travel can be a solution

We must Act Now. We must Act Fast.

The Initiative of the Government of Malta to become a global Centre of Climate Friendly Travel was warmly welcomed. As was the leadership of the Minister for Tourism and Consumer Protection, Hon. Julia Farrugia Portelli.

One of the key outcomes from the workshop was "

The highest importance must be given to the immediate distribution and rapid scaling up of currently available solutions to substantially reduce aviation fossil fuel reliance. There is a need for renewed commitment from the sector to radically increase financing of synthetic fuels. Current fuel suppliers were called on to apply full financial and corporate commitment to a solution, as well as to give the highest priority to synthetic aviation fuel production. In addition, states may wish to consider including international Aviation in their Paris Agreement Nationally Determined Contributions."

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