Science academies kick off talks on greening the sector

Europe’s universities and research organisations are going green, with some bidding to be at the forefront of Europe’s 2050 net zero ambition, writes Goda Naujokaityte for Science|Business.

Science academies kicked off the discussions this week with a report looking at how different institutions are moving towards sustainability, a discussion which lies at the centre of the European Federation of Academies of Sciences and Humanities (ALLEA) general assembly this year.

In common with all other sectors, the report says academia needs a change in culture to achieve sustainability. Air travel to academic conferences is a major culprit, but supercomputers, buildings, electricity and supply chain emissions also contribute to high greenhouse gas emissions in many institutions. ALLEA now hopes to start a discussion on how academia can embark on this challenge, and perhaps inspire others to follow.
Full report on the Science|Business site