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Deepa Sutherland to Serve on Panel Session "Climate Action: Risk and Reality"

November 3, 2022

Deepa Sutherland, Counsel in Zelle’s London office, will be a panelist in the session “Climate Action:  Risk and Reality” for the ETOA (European Tourism Association) Global European Marketplace event in London on November 3, 2022.

ETOA’s main role in climate action is to support industry’s efforts to measure and reduce emissions, minimizing its adverse impact on climate. More coercive regulation is likely, whose development will be complex. Strategic funding to support transition is needed. While the interests of climate and competition will converge due to demand for more climate-friendly product and the impact of regulation, this is a gradual process.

Meanwhile, mitigation is urgently required by an inbound industry dependent on aviation which itself is subject to legal challenge related to its climate action claims. What happens when action does not match the rhetoric if regulators consider consumers are misled?  This session will cover issues from commercial pressure to corporate risk, and how best to adapt practice in response.

Joining Ms. Sutherland on the panel will be Chris Parkin, Senior Director, Hilton Sales UK & Ireland. The panel will be moderated Tim Fairhurst, Director of Policy, ETOA.

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