Climate targets: Positive mid-term review

TUI Group is a sustainability pioneer in the tourism sector. Back in 2015 it launched its “Better Holidays, Better World” strategy, which set out the ambitious climate targets it plans to achieve by 2020. Let’s catch up on the progress that’s been made so far.

  • Airlines. TUI Airways and TUI fly are already the number-one and number-three most climate-efficient airlines in the world. The entire TUI fleet’s CO2 emissions are 24 percent below the average of the six largest European airlines. And that’s not all. TUI Airlines have ordered 70 modern and extremely low-emission aircraft to replace the older models. This ten-digit investment is the most effective way of improving the aviation industry’s carbon footprint.
  • Cruises. One of the sustainability strategy’s objectives is another ten percent reduction in CO2 emissions per guest and night by 2020. The TUI Cruise fleets have already made excellent progress in this area and a 5.5 percent saving has been achieved since 2015. All new TUI Cruises ships since 2014 have the very highest levels of energy efficiency, using around 30 percent less fuel than comparably sized vessels. State-of-the art exhaust gas purification systems make the TUI Cruises ships the greenest fleet in the world. In July 2018 TUI Cruises ordered another two cruise liners that are operated with low-emission LNG, reducing particulate matter emissions to zero.
  • Hotels. TUI Hotels aim to reduce their CO2 emissions per guest and night by ten percent by 2020. Emissions are currently 7.1 percent lower than they were in 2015. 80 percent of hotels also have Global Sustainable Tourism Council certification – and that number is rising all the time.

The mid-term review makes it clear that TUI Group is on track for achieving its ambitious climate targets. The TUI sustainability strategy makes a significant contribution to economic, ecological and social sustainability.

Sustainability index listing


The FTSE4Good index measures the overall quality of a company’s management of ESG issues. TUI Group’s listing in this renowned sustainability index was reconfirmed in June 2018 for the thirteenth time after it achieved very good results in the audit.

Support from the legislators

The legislators can also make a vital contribution to green tourism by reconsidering levies such as aviation tax so that the travel companies can step up their investments in environmentally friendly technologies. Aviation tax provides no environmental incentive and it is currently distorting competition to the detriment of German airlines. The government can also ensure that the ICAO’s Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) facilitates climate-neutral growth in aviation. The industry agrees that CORSIA should be the single measure to address CO2 emissions in international aviation, but it is contradicted by the currently effective EU emissions trading scheme for the aviation industry, which should be completely replaced by CORSIA from 2021 onwards.