Climate-friendly Climate Research

> Policy Briefs, Guidelines and Conference Video Reports

Climate change research and research programming, especially in terms of publicly funded research programs, aim to support society in tackling the grand societal challenge of climate change and to underpin the necessity of reducing the carbon footprint of its activities. Ironically, the carbon emissions of universities and research organizations – and therefore also research programming – are high and in some regions on the rise. This is due to the considerably carbon-intensive working style that researchers and their institutions have developed, fuelled by growing expectations of international cooperation, low air fares and an increasing use of resource-intensive infrastructures. However, crucial to scientific communication is also credibility, which can be severely undermined by such activities, which are often inconsistent with the message that climate scientists in particular advocate.

By adopting the Sustainability Principle, the Governing Board of JPI Climate has committed itself to explore ways to reduce the carbon footprint of the research system, thereby providing positive role models of organizing international collaboration and knowledge exchange in a creative, smart and climate-friendly way. First steps have been taken by making 'climate-friendly climate research' an evaluation criterion for our research calls.


Charts from the Report Policy Brief 'Feasability Assessment'

The JPI Climate policy briefs review and systematize existing approaches to reduce the carbon footprint of research and research programming.

In seeking to identify ways to reduce the carbon footprint of research, it is hoped that additional positive side‐effects can also be achieved, e.g. in terms of better use of time and financial resources, the broader impact of resource use and work‐life balance.

Climate-friendly Climate Research Conference on November 2013: Session videos.