Climate CV

Teuni ten Brink


Many of us are aware of the fact that flying is one of the main contributors to the global climate breakdown. Still, many of us fly. Especially we as scientists have – ostensibly – various reasons to fly: We fly to conferences to present talks or posters, we are invited to present our work as keynote speakers, or we simply meet with fellow scientists to discuss future grant proposals. All in the knowing that this behaviour is highly problematic, resulting in a climate footprint that is beyond any scale of sustainability.

The idea of this climate CV originated from discussions in the research group “Environmental Psychology” located at the University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany. They invite scientists of all disciplines to think about their behaviour, and to create, provide, and discuss their own climate CV. With being transparent in their own ranks, they hope to contribute to a society that questions the necessity of flying. They also hope to contribute to a shift in mental as well as material infrastructures that make scientific meetings more compatible with strong sustainability concerns and our meta-goal of decreasing emissions.

Climate CV of Teuni ten Brink (updated May 2020)

All conferences/workshops/talks within England or the Netherlands were reached by train when they were not located in the city where I lived during that time. All international conferences and work-related stays are listed below. About 26,490 km were travelled, resulting in greenhouse gas emissions of approximately 2,242 kg CO2 equivalents (in 4.5 years). The sustainable yearly climate budget for a human being is estimated to be 2,300 kg.

Distance calculations were approximated using Google maps (train) and (airplane). Based on these values, greenhouse gas emissions (CO2, CH4 und N2O) were calculated with (values are based on German Environmental Agency):

  • 32g * km; for travel by bus
  • 38g * km; for travel by train
  • 140g * km; for travel by car
  • 214g * km; for travel by airplane




Total distance

Greenhouse gas emissions


Milan, Italy, and Groot-Bijgaarden, Belgium

Visiting two conferences (FESN and PRM)

3570 km by (night)train

136 kg


Bath, UK

2 year research stay

1502 km by train, 9 times

57 * 9 = 513 kg


Prague, Czech Republic

Visiting a conference (15th NR-SIG-WFNR)

856 km by train

710 km by flight

33 + 152 = 185 kg


Brussels, Belgium

Lab visit

442 km by train

17 kg


Bath, UK

Lab visit

841 km by train

406 km by boat

32 + 43 = 75 kg


Rome, Italy

2.5 month research stay

2378 km by flight, 2 times

509 * 2 = 1018 kg


Glasgow, Scotland

Visiting a conference (13th NR-SIG-WFNR)

1392 km by flight

298 kg

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