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#10: Air miles monitoring & reduction @ GIUZ

Based on the recommendations of a group leader workshop in 2019, the GIUZ decided to establish a monitoring of its business air travels and set an air miles reduction goal of 25% by 2025.

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The monitoring is implemented by the newly established GIUZ Sustainability Task Force in collaboration with the GIUZ administrative offices.

Further reading:
CO2 footprint of science / CO2-Fussabdruck der Wissenschaft (broadcast in German)
Compared to other professional groups, science has a particularly large footprint. Various Swiss universities are addressing the problem, including the World Glacier Monitoring Service (WGMS) with the regional organization of its general assembly. 
Nano, 3sat, 28. November 2019

Sustainability at UZH: Fact Sheet Business Travel
What are the greenhouse gas emissions caused by a journey conducted by train, car or airplane or replaced by a virtual meeting? How do the means of transport differ in the net amount of time spent if preparation time and the time which can be used productively during travel are considered?

"Stay grounded, keep connected"
ETH Zurich's air travel project: frequently asked questions

Vienna is just a train ride away
The European Geosciences Union (EGU) once again supports the initiative of Swiss colleagues, in collaboration with SBB, to reduce the carbon footprint of travel to the EGU General Assembly 2020 in Vienna and offers a discount on train travel.

Michael Zemp, on behalf of the GIUZ Air Miles Monitoring & Reduction team

Weiterführende Informationen


Sustainability Task Force