Energy and emissions footprint

Conference flights

Stop prioritising the attendance of endless international conferences as a measure of academic influence and success. Thousands of flights are taken annually by academics attending conferences when a video link would often do just as well. Air travel is one of the greatest contributors to global warming. Collegiality and social networking opportunities for academics should be developed locally, not at the cost of flights that produce more CO2 per person (several thousand kilograms per person on a return flight to Europe) than most people in the world use in an entire year.

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Idea No. 79