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Exploring the Problem Space of CO2 Emission Reductions from Academic Flying

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School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 11428 Stockholm, Sweden
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School of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 11328 Stockholm, Sweden
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Academic Editors: Masood Masoodian and Thomas Rist
Sustainability 2021, 13(21), 12206; https://doi.org/10.3390/su132112206
Received: 6 July 2021 / Revised: 22 October 2021 / Accepted: 28 October 2021 / Published: 5 November 2021
CO2 emissions from aviation have been predicted to increase over the coming decades. Within the academic world, flying is often perceived to be a necessary prerequisite to being a successful researcher. Many Swedish universities have ambitious climate goals, but are simultaneously among the top emitters in the public sector. Reaching stated climate goals could feasibly be met through a combination of measures, including decreased flying. One way to address the challenge is to support behavioural interventions with the help of interactive visualizations of CO2 emissions from flying. Those few examples that exist in the research literature are generally directed towards management and are less applicable to universities, given the large autonomy researchers enjoy and their discretionary control of research project funds. This paper uses a design-oriented research approach to present an analysis of the problem space at the intersection of interactive visualizations using air travel data to reduce CO2 emissions from business air travel at our own university, KTH Royal Institute of Technology. Through a number of design experiments, evaluations and investigations, we have unearthed needs, challenges and opportunities for the creation of visualization tools to support more sustainable travel practices at universities and in other knowledge-intensive organisations. View Full-Text
Keywords: academic flying; sustainability; visualization; carbon emissions; behaviour change; human–computer interaction academic flying; sustainability; visualization; carbon emissions; behaviour change; human–computer interaction
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Biørn-Hansen, A.; Pargman, D.; Eriksson, E.; Romero, M.; Laaksolahti, J.; Robért, M. Exploring the Problem Space of CO2 Emission Reductions from Academic Flying. Sustainability 2021, 13, 12206. https://doi.org/10.3390/su132112206

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Biørn-Hansen A, Pargman D, Eriksson E, Romero M, Laaksolahti J, Robért M. Exploring the Problem Space of CO2 Emission Reductions from Academic Flying. Sustainability. 2021; 13(21):12206. https://doi.org/10.3390/su132112206

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Biørn-Hansen, Aksel, Daniel Pargman, Elina Eriksson, Mario Romero, Jarmo Laaksolahti, and Markus Robért. 2021. "Exploring the Problem Space of CO2 Emission Reductions from Academic Flying" Sustainability 13, no. 21: 12206. https://doi.org/10.3390/su132112206

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