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Reducing flying at Lund University

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I start with background data on the urgent need to reduce climate pollution, and the large contribution that flying makes to academic greenhouse gas emissions. I then argue that Lund University as a whole, and departments such as the Centre for Environmental and Climate Research in particular, should actively be taking leadership to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions to live up to our institutional mission. I focus on Lund University's new travel policy, and compare it with the substantially more ambitious policy from LUCSUS, which for example prioritizes ground travel within Sweden and within a 12 hour radius of travel time in Europe.

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Reducing flying at Lund University

  1. 1. Three facts and one opinion 1. Climate change is increasingly bad for people and nature. 2. Emissions must decrease rapidly and immediately to meet international and national climate targets. 3. Flying is a very large part of university emissions. 4. Universities should lead in emissions reductions, with a strong focus on reducing flying. @KA_Nicholas
  2. 2. Three facts and one opinion 1. Climate change is increasingly bad for people and nature. 2. Emissions must decrease rapidly and immediately to meet international and national climate targets. 3. Flying is a very large part of university emissions. 4. Universities should lead in emissions reductions, with a strong focus on reducing flying. @KA_Nicholas
  3. 3. Global warming is bad for nature (IPCC 1.5°) @KA_Nicholas IPCC 1.5°C Report, 8 October 2018 http://www.kimnicholas.com/climate-policy.html
  4. 4. What kind of world do you want to live in? Hoegh-Guldberg et al., 2007, Science @KA_Nicholas
  5. 5. Three facts and one opinion 1. Climate change is increasingly bad for people and nature. 2. Emissions must decrease rapidly and immediately to meet international and national climate targets. 3. Flying is a very large part of university emissions. 4. Universities should lead in emissions reductions, with a strong focus on reducing flying. @KA_Nicholas
  6. 6. Innovations and progress in flying less Kimberly Nicholas, PhD Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies kimnicholas.com, Twitter: @KA_Nicholas @KA_Nicholashttps://www.slideshare.net/GlenPeters_CICERO/how-much-carbon-can-we-emit “We have already emitted a lot of CO2, and thus we can only emit a little more to stay under 1.5°C or 2°C” 37
  7. 7. Staying below 1.5°C requires cutting global GHG emissions in half in the next decade @KA_Nicholas http://www.kimnicholas.com/climate-policy.html
  8. 8. Sweden’s Climate Law: Net Zero by 2045 (85% reduced emissions) @KA_Nicholas 8 Guardian, 3 Feb 2017
  9. 9. @KA_Nicholas 9 To meet climate goal, Swedish consumption emissions must decrease 5-10 fold
  10. 10. Three facts and one opinion 1. Climate change is increasingly bad for people and nature. 2. Emissions must decrease rapidly and immediately to meet international and national climate targets. 3. Flying is a very large part of university emissions. 4. Universities should lead in emissions reductions, with a strong focus on reducing flying. @KA_Nicholas
  11. 11. Peter Kalmus, climate scientist: initial carbon footprint dominated by flying Kalmus, 2016, “How far can we get without flying?” YES Magazine @KA_Nicholas
  12. 12. University of British Columbia Case Study: University air travel emissions ≈ 2/3 of on-campus operation emissions Wynes & Donner, 2018, Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions report @KA_Nicholas
  13. 13. Per hour: flight vs. car 10x more CO2 flight vs rail, 33x more CO2 @KA_Nicholas Tyndall Centre, ”Towards a culture of low-carbon research for the 21st century”
  14. 14. 93.7% av LUs transportutsläpp kommer från flyg @KA_Nicholas Redovisning av miljöledningsarbetet 2017 Lunds universitet 3.5% 3.3% 0% 0% 3% 90.2%
  15. 15. Three facts and one opinion 1. Climate change is increasingly bad for people and nature. 2. Emissions must decrease rapidly and immediately to meet international and national climate targets. 3. Flying is a very large part of university emissions. 4. Universities should lead in emissions reductions, with a strong focus on reducing flying. @KA_Nicholas
  16. 16. ”Lunds universitet ska förstå, förklara och förbättra vår värld och människors villkor” @KA_Nicholas ”CECs uppdrag är att initiera, understödja och bedriva utbildning och forskning kring samhällets effekter på naturmiljön och på samhällsutmaningar och möjliga hållbara lösningar inom miljö, klimat och hållbar utveckling.” CECs vision: ”Centrum för miljö‐ och klimatforskning är drivande för en hållbar lokal, regional och global utveckling inom miljö‐ och klimatområdet”
  17. 17. If universities don’t lead the transition, who will? @KA_Nicholas
  18. 18. @KA_Nicholas https://klimatuppropetlund.se/
  19. 19. @KA_Nicholas
  20. 20. Nya tjänsteresor föreskrifter vid LU Träder i kraft 2019-01-31 @KA_Nicholas Föreskrifter och allmänna råd för tjänstresor vid Lunds universitet 3 Övergripande principerna 1. Arbetsmiljö och säkerhet 1. Bekvämlighet, lagstadgad vila, följas utrikesdepartementets rekommendationer 2. Miljöhänsyn 1. Digitala möten (Behovet att resa övervägas innan bokas) 2. ”Begränsas negativ påverkan på miljön… energi och klimatpåverkande utsläpp ska minimeras” 3. Fossilbränslefria drivmedel 3. Kostnadseffektivitet 1. ”Totala kostnaden… ska företas så kostnadseffektivt som möjligt” ”Vid konflikt: ska närmaste chef fatta beslut utifrån ett helhetsperspektiv”
  21. 21. Tåg eller flyg? @KA_Nicholas Föreskrifter och allmänna råd för tjänstresor vid Lunds universitet
  22. 22. @KA_Nicholas Föreskrifter och allmänna råd för tjänstresor vid Lunds universitet
  23. 23. @KA_Nicholas Föreskrifter och allmänna råd för tjänstresor vid Lunds universitet
  24. 24. LUCSUS: New flying less policy @KA_Nicholas https://www.lucsus.lu.se/article/lucsus-presents-new-travel-policy-to-reduce-work-related-emissions
  25. 25. @KA_Nicholas
  26. 26. LUCSUS Travel Pledge & Policy @KA_Nicholas ”Climate pledge document,” http://www.kimnicholas.com/academics-flying-less.html
  27. 27. LUCSUS Travel Pledge @KA_Nicholas ”Climate pledge document,” http://www.kimnicholas.com/academics-flying-less.html
  28. 28. LUCSUS Travel Pledge @KA_Nicholas ”Climate pledge document,” http://www.kimnicholas.com/academics-flying-less.html
  29. 29. Le Quéré et al., 2015, “Towards a culture of low-carbon research for the 21st century” Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research @KA_Nicholas
  30. 30. Travel Tracker for emissions tracking http://traveltracker.world/ @KA_Nicholas

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