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Carbon Footprint: offsetting outward mobility

The Study China programme, for over a decade, has been committed to helping students, from across the EU and UK, to develop their language skills, cultural awareness, global mind-set, and employability. Having supported thousands of under- and post-graduates to realise these ambitions, Study China is proud of its commitment to outward mobility and international partnerships.    

Whist Study China is a part of the globalising and internationalising higher education movement, helping students explore and experience beyond the boundaries of their degree, we all have a responsibility to contribute to environmental sustainability initiatives. In the case of Study China, our biggest environment impact is aviation, and this industry produced 859 million tonnes of CO2 in 2017, 80% of which came from long haul flights over 1500km (such as those to Shanghai or Beijing). Put into context, all global human activity produces over 40 billion tonnes of CO2 per year.

The commitment to research and investment by the aviation industry does mean flying is becoming less harmful to the environment, however, with demand for flights set to double in the next 15 years, air travel remains one of the biggest global pollutants.

There are a lot of initiatives designed to empower private corporations, public sector groups, small business, and even the individual to contribute to reducing the environmental impact of flying. Carbon offsetting is an important way of balancing out the CO2 emission from your flights. By funding projects which will have a positive impact on the environment, such as the Jilin Zhenlai Mali Project. This is a Wind Farm located in the Jilin Province, North-eastern China. It generates renewable electricity using wind power resources and sells this generated output to the Northeast China Power Grid. Helping develop this project directly contributes to a global movement to offset the impact to the climate from aviation

An economy direct return flight from Manchester UK to Shanghai Pu Dong airport produces 1.58 tonnes of CO2 emissions. The average annual output for someone living in the UK is 10 tonnes, so offsetting the impact these flights make is a very important and valuable contribution to the fight against climate change and the carbon offsetting of higher education outward mobility programmes.