Travel and the challenge of sustainable and equitable global research: Moving forward
byMegan Deeney
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The COP26 global negotiations in November are putting to centre stage the urgency of dealing with climate change. This is a challenge that health researchers and institutions like the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) need to respond to. LSHTM has committed to achieving net-zero emissions by 2030, the newly launched Sustainability Update 2021 details the progress made so far and critical next steps for achieving this goal.

Global research institutions such as LSHTM have a particular challenge. Based on pre-pandemic (2019) activity we have estimated that 70% of our carbon footprint came from business travel, particularly from international flights. While the work of global institutions like LSHTM will always involve some travel, we need to find ways to reduce this and work smarter to minimise carbon emissions to meet our shared commitment and play our part in slowing climate change. But what does this mean in practical terms for global researchers and practitioners?

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