The GNC is acutely aware of the dangers posed by the climate crisis and the need to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions. To this end, the GNC has committed to monitoring and reducing our emissions in line with the Climate Neutral Now Pledge.
Climate Neutral Now is an initiative launched by the UN Climate Change in 2015, aiming at encouraging and supporting all levels of society to take climate action to achieve a climate neutral world by mid-century, as enshrined in the Paris Agreement adopted the same year.
As an international conference the major source of pollution is generated by students and speakers travelling to attend the annual conference. To address these we are committed to i) promoting the use of public transport by offering fee waivers to students who travel by train instead of aeroplane, ii) ensuring that we limit our use of international speakers who attend via aeroplane, iii) using video-technology for speakers when appropriate and iv) offsetting all of the emissions generated by our conference.
To calculate our emissions we use myclimate (flights) and the Carbon Footprint Calculator (train). We compensate our emissions through myclimate who ensure their climate protection projects meet the strictest, most independent quality standards (CDM, Gold Standard and Plan Vivo).