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RESEARCH INFLUENCING POLICY

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Travel-related Carbon Footprint

This report applies a methodology for measuring travel-related carbon footprint, which can be applied to other organisations, and also discusses low-carbon travel alternatives to help reduce the footprint.

The transport sector is one of the largest emitters of greenhouse gases. Most people are engaged in some form of travel to work on a daily basis. Using methodology based on the guidelines outlined in the Guidelines to Defra’s GHG Conversion Factors: Methodology Paper for Transport Emission Factors report (2008), the Environment Institute calculated its own staff’s work-related carbon footprint.

It is hoped that this methodology can be applied to other external organisations as an effective means of assessing the carbon footprint created through work related travel.

The report also suggests some lower-carbon alternatives, such as voluntary offsets where assessment and accreditation has only recently been introduced, that are worthy of further investigation

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