The team of the Chair of the New Green Transition at the University of Valencia has participated in the elaboration of the report “Energy Transition and Decarbonized Mobility for Sustainable Tourism” by the Fundación 1 de Mayo. This report was presented on November 14th at the Congress of Deputies, including an interview with Aurora Pedro Bueno, director of the Chair at the University of Valencia.
The interview addresses the definition of sustainable tourism according to the World Tourism Organization (WTO) and the criticisms of experts on the subject. The WTO defines sustainable tourism as one that takes into account the economic, social, and environmental repercussions, but according to Bueno, this definition is controversial and not very operational. The lack of inclusion of the democratic participation pillar is criticized, arguing that the definition is ambiguous and lacks clear priorities among the economic, social, and environmental pillars.
It is also noted that the term “sustainability” has been mistreated, and there is a proposal to explore new concepts, such as “ecocentrism,” to change the relationship with nature. The need to change incentives, especially among large business groups, is also emphasized.