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REDUCTION GOAL: By 2012, reduce net emissions from air travel to no more than
40,000 t CO2e
|23,496 t CO2e||23,265 t CO2e||21,652 t CO2e||21,250 t CO2e||40,000 t C02e|
In FY08, air travel was the largest source of net emissions for OSU, contributing more than 35,000 t CO2e. Emissions from air travel have increased rapidly in the past years; the European Environmental Agency estimated that emissions from air travel increased 73% between 1990 and 2005. The growth in university‐related air travel and the lack of alternatives to air travel
make this a difficult source to mitigate. Because many university‐related activities occur at great distances from the main campus and because Oregon occupies a coastal – rather than central – location in the United States, air travel is expected remain a necessary transportation mode for a considerable number of faculty.
Even with these complicating factors, emissions from air travel can be reduced without drastically impacting the way OSU does business.
|Strategy||Implementation Period||FY10 Progress||Estimated FY10 Reduction|
|1: Encourage alternative transportation modes||FY11||N/A|
|2: Restrict air travel (or reimbursements) in certain cases|
|3: Encourage use of alternatives to travel (technologies such as teleconferencing, etc.)||FY11||Teleconferencing|
|4: Minimize climate impact of air travel|
|5: Offset remaining emissions from air travel|
For more detail, please see OSU Climate Plan pages 24-26.