Transportation, in particular air travel, significantly contributes to the global climate crisis. We are aware of our own emissions as a consequence of our work – a work that, in many ways, is based on bringing people together who fight for systemic change.

Transportation, in particular air travel, significantly contributes to the global climate crisis. We are aware of our own emissions as a consequence of our work – a work that, in many ways, is based on bringing people together who fight for systemic change.

The Right Livelihood Foundation commits to:

  • raising awareness about the climate impact of transport amongst staff, board members, jury members, Laureates, guests, and partner organisations;
  • reducing transport-related CO2-eq emissions, especially by improving the digital meeting culture;
  • continuously monitoring and reporting our transport-related CO2-eq emissions;
  • introducing an annual carbon budget for travelling; and,
  • compensating our travel-related emissions with an internal carbon price referencing the Swedish carbon tax (currently SEK 1180 per ton CO2-eq, which is the highest in the world). The funds will be used to support Laureates’ projects that sequester carbon.

We will need to get used to spending both more time and money when carrying out the travelling we consider crucial. More travelling has to be done by trains and other modes of transportation with lower emissions than flying.

In 2018, our travel by plane caused approximately:

223 tons CO2-eq emissions

The main goal of this policy is a reduction of our CO2-eq emissions relative to the size of the Foundation, represented by our annual budget. The latter proviso is important because the Foundation’s work has a highly positive net environmental impact and should thus continue to grow.

From 2019 on, we will introduce an annual carbon budget for travelling, correlated with the size of the Foundation. This budget will be set by the Foundation’s board and reported in its Annual Report. It will be set to reduce our carbon intensity (emissions per SEK) by at least 5% p.a.

To reduce emissions, we agree to:

  • improve our digital meeting culture;
  • avoid flights by choosing other means of transport; and,
  • if flying is considered the best option, choose the least unsustainable flight.

Before booking travels, we always ask ourselves:

  • Do I need to be physically present, or would a digital meeting be sufficient?
  • If I need to be physically present, is there a reasonable way to avoid flying?

We have agreed to avoid flying if a destination can be reached without air travel in less than 10 hours. However, time constraints and exceptional situations might require travel that does not follow this rule. This applies especially to the Foundation’s board and jury members, who work for the Foundation in parallel with time-demanding jobs.

Moreover, our work brings us to many regions of the world and we are aware that not all regions have a safe network of railways or bus routes. We will not avoid flying if this implies security risks or the isolation of Laureates in remote regions.

Read our full environmental travel policy.

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