At the Centre for Climate and Energy Policy, we are conscious of the environmental impact of our travel. We reduce travel through extensive use of teleconferencing in our international and national collaborations. But in our line of work travel is unavoidable to be effective, and being located in Australia this means long distance flights.
We offset all carbon dioxide emissions attributable to flights taken for the Centre’s activities and projects. Emissions offsets are not a true solution for the climate change impacts of aviation, and as researchers we are highly aware of the intrinsic difficulties and limitations of carbon offsets schemes. However, we see offsetting as a positive contribution and acknowledgment of the climate impact of flying.
We purchase and cancel emissions offset credits in bulk, via the UN Carbon Offsets Platform. The first batch of offsets is from this project in Thailand that captures methane from a starch plant and turns it into energy. The project is Gold Standard certified on account of its sustainable development benefits.