Technology and Engineering
  • ISSN: 2333-2581
  • Modern Environmental Science and Engineering

Development of A Method for Estimating Local Tourism Transportation-Induced Energy Consumption and CO2 Emissions

Ruixi Zhao, Junichi Tabe, and Hiroshi Onoda

Graduate School of Environment and Energy Engineering, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan

Abstract: Energy consumption by transportation discharges a large amount of CO2. Hence, environmental issues caused by tourism cannot be ignored when promoting the regional economy and contributing to building a low-carbon society. Transportation in tourism has recently attracted attention. Previous studies on transportation for tourism in Japan have mainly focused on tourist activities, and a smaller group of studies have analyzed the relationships between energy consumption, CO2 emissions, and transportation for travel. To propose a suitable estimation method for energy consumption and CO2 emissions from transportation for tourism in a city, this study develops a new approach that solves the issues of data inaccessibility in previous studies by applying an open database, the Regional Economy Society Analyzing System (RESAS). A case study is also conducted in Chichibu City, located in Saitama prefecture, Japan. This new approach demonstrates the significance of environmental assessment, and it will help determine the most efficient transport system, considering movement distances, population, and time for city tourism planning and academic reference.

Key words: energy consumption, CO2 emissions, transportation, tourism, Japan

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