DN Debatt

To reduce emissions from flights we have to change our habits because we cannot rely on technology only

Time to set the facts straight


DN Debatt Last week, the rectors of the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) and of Chalmers University of Technology, together with several colleagues, posted an opinion column in Dagens Nyheter to recall some scientific facts in the current debate about air travel in Sweden.

First, the impact of air travel on climate is real, important, growing and possibly underestimated.

Second, technological solutions will not become mainstream before decades, which means that we cannot afford to do nothing and wait for the problem to be solved in the future. Besides, both electrification and switching to biofuels will heavily compete with the solutions developed for road traffic emissions. Indeed, there will not be enough biofuel and affordable electricity (and batteries) to replace all the cars and airplanes we use today.

As a conclusion, the only solution, they write, is to diminish all travel flights, including international ones.

How can sustainability managers act according to these scientific facts? How to steer habit change?

Since technological solutions are not available in the short term, it is necessary to work on changing behaviours of employees. This takes time and requires to get everybody understand the objectives. Here are a few things that can help

  • inform employees about the impact of every business trip they are having
  • set reduction targets together with every manager for every department
  • discuss the needs of the staff for tools that can help avoiding business trips, such as dedicated web conferencing infrastructures, co-working tools and so on
  • communicate internally about the progress of the most successful employees and teams

With all these steps, Job Footprint can help you and strengthen your work. If you want to know more about our tools, visit our website or contact us.