The YAS Sustainable Business Travel Pledge is for individuals whose professional roles have traditionally involved significant amounts of long-distance travel, and where final decisions about when and where to travel are often made by the individual rather than the employer. In particular, this applies to many individuals working in academia and other research organisations. While employers and funding bodies have a crucial role to play in reducing the environmental impact of business travel in these sectors, this pledge focuses on actions that can be taken at an individual level to address this issue. In recognition of the wide range of individual circumstances we have avoided quantitative prescriptions about reduction in business travel; the goal instead is to shift the emphasis of discussions around the need to travel. We welcome comments on the pledge and will review and update the wording annually in order to incorporate feedback from colleagues around the world.
The Young Academy of Scotland supports the Sustainable Business Travel Pledge and it is committed to reduce the environmental impacts of its activities and offset the carbon footprint of any related travel. YAS will also support its membership in the development of carbon-neutral projects and activities that will support the aim of making Scotland Carbon Neutral by 2040.