CO2 footprint by destination

Mediterranean destinations improve efficiency in CO2 emissions compared to 2019

  • Mabrian, in a new study based on tourism data and intelligence, compares the aviation carbon footprint of the main Mediterranean destinations for  2019 with 2022 
  • CO2 emissions have been calculated – in total and per passenger – for incoming air connectivity into all airports in Portugal, Spain, France, Italy and Greece, including all  origins 
  • The company presents its new carbon footprint indicator, which is added to its platform of tourism sustainability indices for destinations 

Palma, April 7, 2022. Mabrian Technologies, a leading tourism data and intelligence company, has calculated, compared and analyzed the carbon footprint of vistors arriving by air for the main Mediterranean destinations for the years of 2019 and 2022. To do this, the emissions of CO2 due to incoming air connectivity have been calculated in countries such as Portugal, Spain, France, Italy and Greece. The data for each country includes flights from any origin anywhere in the world to any airport within that country, and both the average carbon footprint per passenger as well as the total emissions emitted are calculated. 

This study is published at the Sustainable Destinations Summit organized this week by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in Mallorca, where Mabrian will participate as a speaker.  During the event Mabrian will launch this new indicator of tourist sustainability that will be used from now on to calculate the global tourism sustainability impact of destinations. This new indicator joins the other tourism sustainability indices that Mabrian has been calculating and analyzing for destinations since launching last year. 

For this study published today, the new indicator has analyzed the carbon footprint that will be generated by the arrival of visitors by air to the five most important holiday tourist destinations in Europe (Portugal, Spain, France, Italy and Greece) between January and October 2022 – and is compared with the same period in 2019. For this calculation, the volume of scheduled incoming seats in this period for all destination airports in these countries is used as a criterion, calculating emissions with an estimate of occupied seats and the carbon footprint generated by the flights depending on the routes and the type of aircraft. 

  • In total, the destinations studied will emit between January and October this year 46.5 million tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere due to air connectivity. This represents a reduction of 19% compared to the same period in 2019. 
  • However, the reduction in incoming air seats for these destinations between January and October is only 7.23% compared to 2019 – which shows an improvement in CO2 efficiency. 
  • Meanwhile the average carbon footprint per passenger is reduced by 5% compared to 2019, going from an average of 120 kg/passenger to 114 kg/passenger. 
  • The reduction in intercontinental travel and the renewal of fleets with more fuel efficient models by airlines are favoring this positive evolution.