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Internationalisation and Sustainability

Self-commitment to renounce short-haul flights

05.12.2019 | Motivated by the students' commitment to FridaysforFuture, a group of scientists is also active at the University of Oldenburg who call themselves Scientists4Future in order to strengthen the topic of climate protection at the UOL and thus also to make it more visible to the outside world.

Following the example of an initiative at the TU Berlin (and some other universities), they are asking the scientists at the University of Oldenburg to sign a voluntary commitment to refrain from short-haul flights. Even if short-haul flights do not make up the majority of business trips at the university, refraining from such flights is a good first step towards making a significant contribution to climate protection in this area.

Universities are particularly challenged in this field of action. International cooperation is indispensable for scientific work and is thus part of the self-image of universities with strong research capabilities. However, the associated travel is one of the most important institutional sources of greenhouse gases. By switching to climate-friendly means of transport and using virtual communication, we as researchers, lecturers and management and administrative staff can also contribute to reducing or limiting mobility-related greenhouse gas emissions.

The basic idea is to voluntarily renounce short-haul flights of up to 1,000 km by signing a self-commitment declaration.* Short-haul flights are particularly easy to replace with much more climate-friendly rail travel.

Event "Internationalisation and Sustainability"

Initiated by the then Vice President for Internationalisation, Prof. Dr. Esther Ruigendijk, an event on the topic of internationalisation and sustainability was held on 05 December 2019 in the foyer of A14 (Haarentor Campus), where the impact of internationalisation on the environment and possible measures were discussed. The underlying questions were:

  • What are the consequences of internationalisation for the environment?
  • What can the university and each individual do to reduce CO2 emissions - for example, during business trips?
  • What support can politics provide?

Speakers at the event were:

  • Prof. Dr. Esther Ruigendijk (VP-N & FKIII)
  • Prof. Dr. Bernd Siebenhüner (FK II)
  • Prof. Dr. Hans Gerd Nothwang (FK VI)
  • Prof. Dr. Joachim Peinke (FK V)
  • Prof. Dr. Gabriele Gerlach (FK V)
Ergebnisse der Veranstaltung
(Changed: 2021-08-12)