Feasibility study on the creation of a CO2-framework to calculate the carbon footprint of travel offers

Travelling connects people and contributes to the open-mindedness and tolerance of travellers. The aim is to take equal account of ecological, economic and social aspects, as the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals suggest.

In order to strengthen the tourism industry to deal with future crises, the topic of climate change is of particular importance. Climate change is the biggest crisis already foreseeable and will mean drastic changes for our destinations (which may far exceed the current challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic). In order to achieve the climate protection targets agreed in the German government's climate protection plan 2050, binding measures must be taken to reduce climate-damaging emissions. This also and especially applies to the tourism sector in the context of future-oriented mobility.

As part of their next industry project on climate protection, Futouris members have agreed to create a CO2 framework with a standardized calculation basis in order to be able to calculate the carbon footprint for all travel offers as well as for the company locations. The aim is to reduce the carbon footprint of holidays as well as travel components and to improve the profitability by removing products with a high CO2 intensity from the portfolio.

In order to analyse and evaluate the requirement for the industry project and to include them in the project design, a feasibility study will be conducted lead by Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Strasdas.

The study includes the following activities and aspects

  • Research and comparison of existing methods and tools for the calculation of the carbon footprint of travel offers as well as of company locations.
  • Compilation of best practice examples for the calculation of the carbon footprint and corresponding labelling from the international travel industry as well as from other industries (e.g. food, textile, cars).
  • Compilation of existing and future political requirements regarding the calculation and labelling of the carbon footprint of travel offers.
  • Expert discussions with providers of methods and tools for the calculation of the carbon footprint of travel offers, including discussing possibilities for the adaptation and further development of existing methods and tools.
  • Expert discussions at DER Touristik to gather suggestions and requirements from internal experts for the further project planning.

Project goals:

The aim of the feasibility study is to analyse the existing methods and tools for the calculation of a carbon footprint of holidays as well as for company locations in order to identify potentials for improvement. The insights gained will be incorporated into the design of the Futouris industry project on climate protection. Another goal is to develop specific implementation options with company representatives of DER Touristik for a pilot implementation within DER Touristik.

Project profile

Project location
Project sponsor
Project start
Project duration
6 months
Project partner
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Strasdas
Futouris contact

Inga Meese

Managing Director Futouris e.V.
+49 (0) 40 - 809034 - 4055