1.5 Degree Challenge

1.5 Degree Challenge

Start date
17 December, 2018

The 1.5 degree steering group dissolved as a natural progression of the group’s work led to the creation of the BAS Net Zero Strategy. The formal strategy and implementation plan are underway and will be made available.

The IPCC special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5 °C highlighted that global emissions of greenhouse gases need to reduce to net zero by 2050 if we are to restrict global temperature increases to 1.5C above pre-industrial averages. Achieving this target will demand changes across sectors, as well as individual behaviours.

The British Antarctic Survey has a powerful brand, grounded in our scientific expertise and knowledge. As a result, BAS occupies an important position of influence and responsibility within society. At BAS, we need to act in ways that are consistent with our understanding of global climate change, and with the science that we communicate – it is not enough to solely “talk the talk” we also have to “walk the walk”.

The 1.5 degree steering group initially worked on responding to the question “What can we do i) as individuals, ii) as scientists, and iii) as an organisation, to support the path towards a 1.5C future?”

BAS committed to

  1. Intensify how we share the scientific evidence
  2. Practice what we preach: work towards zero carbon emissions from our own operations before 2050
  3. Invite others to join us on that journey

The 1.5 degree steering group led to working on internal strategies to mitigate our carbon footprint, as well as different ways of engaging with the wider public to instigate change.

Anna Jones

Science Leader, Senior Tropospheric Chemist

Atmosphere, Ice and Climate team

Parthena Exizidou

Energy and Carbon Reduction Manager

Amanda Wynne

Communications and Engagement Assistant

Communications team

Rachel Clarke

Senior Environmental Manager

Environment Office team