Research undertaken by the European Policies Research Centre complies with the University of Strathclyde’s Code of Practice on Investigations on Human Beings. This Code is designed to ensure that all research undertaken by University staff and students is carried out in an ethical manner. Specifically that:
EPRC has a sustainability policy which involves minimising CO2 emissions associated with travel, maximising energy efficiency, and ensuring environmentally friendly waste management.
Specifically, EPRC has the following objectives:
As EPRC’s research activities are undertaken throughout Europe, a key issue concerns travel, where EPRC takes the following steps:
As of 2013, contributions are made to carbon-offsetting projects to compensate for flights undertaken. These offsets are approved by the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standards (CCBS) and Carbon Fix. The offsetting charge is calculated using the South Pole Carbon CO2 calculator. Each year, the EPRC offsetting charge equates to c. 25 tonnes of CO2.
EPRC chose reforestation projects in Africa and Asia, which combine climate, environmental and social benefits and serve as an example for sustainable development, e.g.:
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