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@article{3f45699dc91c4b0292b24e9cd195b618,
title = "Responding to the climate emergency: how are UK universities establishing sustainable workplace routines for flying and food?",
abstract = "Scope 3 emissions from the UK higher education sector are globally significant, and long-distance air travel and catering are particularly emissions-intensive aspects of workplace routine. They each present complex problems, as transition to low-carbon alternatives requires the reconfiguration of professional practices. This paper examines the sustainability policies of 66 UK universities to establish the extent to which planning and action in these areas are commensurate with climate emergency declarations. The findings indicate that universities recognise their role in creating demand for long-distance travel and sustaining high-carbon diets. However, few have specific emissions reduction targets or action plans that would rapidly and substantially reduce emissions in these areas. Discussion focuses on two core points; first, how greater cohesion in reporting and target-setting can be achieved across the sector to raise the ambition of targets and intervention; and second to identify opportunities for institutions to disrupt and reshape professional practices to reduce emissions in these areas.",
author = "Claire Hoolohan and Carly McLachlan and Christopher Jones and Alice Larkin and Christina Birch and Sarah Mander and John Broderick",
year = "2021",
month = jan,
day = "21",
language = "English",
journal = "Climate Policy",
issn = "1469-3062",
publisher = "Earthscan ",

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TY - JOUR

T1 - Responding to the climate emergency: how are UK universities establishing sustainable workplace routines for flying and food?

AU - Hoolohan, Claire

AU - McLachlan, Carly

AU - Jones, Christopher

AU - Larkin, Alice

AU - Birch, Christina

AU - Mander, Sarah

AU - Broderick, John

PY - 2021/1/21

Y1 - 2021/1/21

N2 - Scope 3 emissions from the UK higher education sector are globally significant, and long-distance air travel and catering are particularly emissions-intensive aspects of workplace routine. They each present complex problems, as transition to low-carbon alternatives requires the reconfiguration of professional practices. This paper examines the sustainability policies of 66 UK universities to establish the extent to which planning and action in these areas are commensurate with climate emergency declarations. The findings indicate that universities recognise their role in creating demand for long-distance travel and sustaining high-carbon diets. However, few have specific emissions reduction targets or action plans that would rapidly and substantially reduce emissions in these areas. Discussion focuses on two core points; first, how greater cohesion in reporting and target-setting can be achieved across the sector to raise the ambition of targets and intervention; and second to identify opportunities for institutions to disrupt and reshape professional practices to reduce emissions in these areas.

AB - Scope 3 emissions from the UK higher education sector are globally significant, and long-distance air travel and catering are particularly emissions-intensive aspects of workplace routine. They each present complex problems, as transition to low-carbon alternatives requires the reconfiguration of professional practices. This paper examines the sustainability policies of 66 UK universities to establish the extent to which planning and action in these areas are commensurate with climate emergency declarations. The findings indicate that universities recognise their role in creating demand for long-distance travel and sustaining high-carbon diets. However, few have specific emissions reduction targets or action plans that would rapidly and substantially reduce emissions in these areas. Discussion focuses on two core points; first, how greater cohesion in reporting and target-setting can be achieved across the sector to raise the ambition of targets and intervention; and second to identify opportunities for institutions to disrupt and reshape professional practices to reduce emissions in these areas.

M3 - Article

JO - Climate Policy

JF - Climate Policy

SN - 1469-3062

ER -