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    Driving Green Aviation

    I have spent the last two days chairing a conference on Driving Green Aviation. The conference brought together manufacturers, engineers, airlines and airport operators to discuss strategies for reducing GHG emissions from flying and the greening of the industry. An opportunity to hear from those at the forefront of advancing this agenda about what is being achieved and what may be possible in the next few years. The bad news is that there is no magic solution around the corner, although Virgin Atlantic are planning an inaugural flight in a month's time using a biofuel  which does not require unsustainable water use or compete with agriculture. There is potential to…

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    Further evidence that UK consumers are demanding that holiday companies take a more responsible approach

    A poll by Populus reported in today's Times provides further evidence that UK consumes are demanding that holiday companies take a more responsible approach. 79% of respondents in a UK national poll said that they would make an effort to find out more about the environmental and social impacts of holidays and 78% said that they would choose holidays that are designed to be 'responsible', 'low-impact' or 'eco-friendly'. When asked if you had to choose, which of these do you think is most important for holiday companies to address 51% said environment issues and 49% said social issues. 88% wanted information about the impact their holiday wouldhave on the destination's…

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    ICRT Awarded 4 New Posts

    In the last ten days, the ICRT has received approval for a new MSc in Responsible Tourism Management, to be launched in September 2008. We have also secured funding for four new academic posts (two Senior Lecturers and two Senior Research Fellows) for the ICRT and a full time senior administrator. This provides a firm basis for continuing to build the ICRT of which you are an important part, and it validates my decision to move the ICRT to Leeds Metropolitan University where we have found a worthy home in an institution which shares our commitment to responsible business and sustainable development. It was evident last weekend in Leeds that…

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