Greening Imperial

About Greening Imperial: Aviation

The Greening Imperial Aviation team aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions caused by air travel at Imperial College. It is formed from students at the Science and Solutions for a Changing Planet DTP, with support from the Greening Imperial campaign and the Grantham Institute. The team believes that Imperial College should be acting to reduce its environmental impact in all areas including aviation. Therefore, the objectives of the challenge team are to:

  • Assess the current use of aviation by members of staff and students at Imperial College
  • Propose changes to College’s travel policy with the aim of reducing greenhouse gas emissions
  • Campaign for the implementation of these proposals
  • Raise awareness among members of the college and the public about the carbon footprint of aviation
  • Present alternative travel options

Look out for our stand at the Imperial festival to find out more about the impacts of aviation. Our report will be out Summer 2019.

Team Members

Carl Thomas (cohort 5)
Eric Schoenrock (cohort 5
Laura Warwick (cohort 5
Andreas Olympios (cohort 5)
Pietro Salvi (cohort 5)
Sadie Robertson (cohort 5)
Daniel Mehlig (cohort 5)
Luqman Hakim (cohort 4)
Diego Moya (cohort 4)
Bruce Murphy (cohort 3)

Team Aviation in Action

About Greening Imperial: Sustainable Diets

To avoid the worst impacts of climate change, the UK is likely to need to reduce its emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) to net zero by 2050. Currently, this is predicted to require a 70% reduction in the GHGs emitted through food production.

Food production is responsible for approximately 20% of all GHG emissions attributable to the UK. Meat and dairy have larger environmental footprints than plant-based foods because energy is wasted as your move up the food chain, and cows and sheep produce methane, a far more potent GHG than CO2. Meat consumption in the UK has steadily risen since 2000, and the average UK adult is classed as a high meat consumer (>100g meat/ day). A high-meat diet produces 2.5x the GHG emissions as a vegan equivalent.

Sustainable diets is a challenge team group made up of students who are interested in the environment and sustainability from the Science and Solutions for a Changing Planet Doctoral Training Partnership. They have set themselves the aim of reducing the environmental footprint of food at Imperial College London through increasing the information available to staff and students at the point of purchase, reducing the amount of highly-polluting ruminants (i.e. beef and lamb) and promoting a regularly meat-free diet at Imperial College food outlets.

Team Members

Lily Peck (cohort 5)
Geraint Northwood-Smith (cohort 5)
Alex Colyer (cohort 5)
Swapnil Jagtap (cohort 5)
Joss Lyons-White (cohort 4)
Louis Hennequin (cohort 4)
Shirin Hakim (cohort 3)
Hiral Shah (cohort 3)

Sustainable Diets in Action