Travel Strategy

Travel Strategy

Tyndall Travel Strategy

Limiting climate change requires substantial and sustained reductions of greenhouse gas emissions. The Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research acknowledges its share of global emissions, particularly from emissions related to flying to conferences and meetings. While travelling helps advance research, options are available to limit travel emissions by reducing the distance travelled, changing modes of travel, and using alternative modes of communication.  

The Tyndall Travel Strategy aims to help individual researchers and the Centre as a whole to reduce their emissions through time. It includes a code of conduct, and a system to monitor and justify travel emissions and to support individual commitments to reducing emissions. The Tyndall Travel Strategy is based on the Tyndall Centre working paper, Towards a culture of low carbon research for the 21st Century.

The Tyndall travel strategy aims to be simple, inclusive, self-guided, open and transparent, and driven by an overall goal. Link to the Tyndall Travel Strategy Document

Code of Conduct to support a low-carbon research culture:

  • Monitor and reduce. I will keep track of the carbon emissions of my professional activities, and set personal objectives to reduce them in line with or larger than my country’s carbon emissions commitments (see ’Set your targets below).
  • Account and justify. I will justify my travel considering the location and purpose of the event, my level of seniority, and the alternative options available.
  • Prioritise, prepare and replace. For activities that I organise, I will chose the location giving high priority to a low carbon footprint of travel of the participants, and I will encourage, incorporate and technically support online speakers and webcasts to reduce unnecessary travel.
  • Encourage and stimulate. I will resist my own FoMo (Fear of Missing Out) from not attending everything and work towards sensitizing others to the need of the research community to walk the talk on climate change.
  • Reward. I will work with my peers, Institute and Funders to value alternative metrics of success and encourage the promotion of low-carbon research as a realisable alternative to a high-carbon research career.

Before you travel: Check the decision tree below. It will help you identify low-carbon travel alternatives and maximize the benefits of your travel emissions.

Decision Tree

Once a month: Record your travel in a simple monthly survey using the Tyndall Travel Tracker (beta version). The survey is very simple. It asks you to report where you have been and why, to justify your trip, and to report the numbers of hours you spent moving in a plane, train, car, bus or ship. Your emissions will be computed directly from this information, and reported back to you every three months. We also include a ‘professional score’ that is independent of your career stage, to monitor your emissions through time and to compare your travel culture with your colleagues, anonymously. Output reports from the Tyndall Travel Tracker will be made public but anonymous.

Set your targets: You are invited to sign up to reduce your emissions in line with or greater than the country where you reside. For the UK, following the UK Climate Change Act on the ‘intended path’ means an immediate and sustained effort to cut your aviation emissions by at least 50% compared to 2010-2015 level, and then to cut all your travel emissions by at least 2.4% per year during 2015-2020 and 5.7% per year during 2020-2050.

Disclaimer: This is work in progress and the Tyndall Travel Tracker is beta version, currently within the Tyndall partnership. We will improve the App and the strategy over time. Please report issues and suggestions to c.lequere@uea.ac.uk

 

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