UCL Team Glasgow - Post COP26 Moving Towards COP27 with a Low Carbon Footprint
Developing a carbon footprint calculator for travel to COP27.
1 September 2021
Grant: Grand Challenges Special Initiatives—Climate Emergency
Year awarded: 2021-22
Amount awarded: £10,000
- Professor Priti Parikh, The Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction
- Professor Mark Maslin, Geography
The carefully selected UCL COP26 Team Glasgow included interdisciplinary experts from geography, environmental sciences, health, arts, engineering, social science and economics who as a collective amplified UCL achievements and knowledge base. They also developed a large number of new contacts both to help boost individuals research agenda and build greater links to UCL. Members of Team Glasgow were also included in the negotiations and all members engaged widely with the media - providing UCL with unprecedented coverage.
Building on the success and momentum, this project researched the science agenda and the role UCL can play in COP27. It identified gaps, key stakeholders and recommended pathways for moving forward in engaging with the COP27 process. This has enabled UCL to position our climate experts with media well in advance, engage with academia, general public, funders and establish UCL as a reliable and accessible source of academic insight and expertise in COP27.
The project team submitted a synthesis paper with interdisciplinary experts to UCL Open Environment's special series focusing on responses to climate change led by, non-traditional ‘research’ communities. The position paper fed into UCL media plans for engagement pre COP27.
The project also examined travel solutions to get UCL participants to COP27 with the lowest possible carbon footprint to demonstrate the value of individual and collective action for climate change. To do so, the team devised The UCL COP27 Carbon Footprint Calculator.
The COP27 carbon footprint calculator allows users to:
- Assess the benefits of road and rail vs a direct flight to Sharm El-Sheikh.
- Calculate a carbon footprint in kgCO2-e for their chosen route and transport.
- Consider just offsetting projects aligned with the UN’s sustainable development goals.
Impacts and Outputs
- Synthesis paper - Barnsley, Jonathan; Williams, Jhénelle; Chin-Yee, Simon; Costello, Anthony; Maslin, Mark; McGlade, Jacqueline; Taylor, Richard; Winning, Matthew; Parikh, Priti, Location location location: A carbon footprint calculator for transparent travel to COP27, UCL Open: Environment (UCL Press, Sep. 2022)
- Creation of UCL COP27 Carbon Footprint Calculator
- Research events were held to engage the general public and make climate science more accesible
- News story - What does COP27 mean for Africa and Climate Justice?
- Podcast - Climate Change: The Road to COP27