Towards Net Zero Carbon

Towards Net Zero Carbon

Start date
17 December, 2018

The 2018 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.

British Antarctic Survey works to understand, tackle and mitigate the effects of climate change, and embed evidence in decision making and climate policy. Our scientific research programmes and Net Carbon Zero Strategy underpin the UK’s commitment to:

  • achieving a net zero economy by 2050
  • respond to the challenges of climate change
  • live more sustainably

BAS Net Zero Carbon Strategy 2020 – 2040​

Our strategy is driven by our scientific research findings and is aligned to UKRI-NERC Environmental Sustainability Strategy. We focus on 5 pillars of activity that will help us meet our strategic goals.  These are:

  1. Net Zero Carbon Science for the Future
  2. Infrastructure
  3. Transport & Logistics
  4. Supply Chain
  5. Community

Three working groups co-ordinate key areas and report progress to the BAS Executive Team.  These are:

  • Net Zero Carbon Science for the Future​​
  • Decarbonisation Management​
  • Communication and Awareness​


Our ambition is to:

  • achieve net zero carbon by 2040 from our owned operations including our measurable scope 3 emissions aligned with the UKRI Environmental Sustainability Strategy
  • meet the interim targets approved by NERC (40% Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions reduction by 2025, 70% GHG emissions reduction by 2035)
  • contribute to the global efforts of global warming mitigation and adaptation
  • ensure all of us within BAS work together as a team with a common sense of purpose, values and direction

Our strategic aims are to:

  • Deliver world-leading science with effective carbon management at its core
  • Deliver the decarbonisation of all Antarctic stations and Cambridge offices within the next decade
  • Develop a high impact decarbonisation plan for transport & main access to Antarctica 
  • Identify the whole supply chain contribution to BAS carbon footprint
  • Create external and internal-engagement campaigns to drive forward the ambitions of the net zero strategy

Our five pillars 20-year goals

Pillar 1: Net Zero Carbon Science for the Future

  • All BAS science projects delivered with net zero carbon emissions in line with NERC/UKRI
  • BAS strategies for reducing carbon emissions adopted by other science communities within UK and beyond
  • BAS science used in developing and assessing climate policy 
  • BAS observations systems/practices in place, integrated internationally, to assess Earth system change 

Pillar 2: Infrastructure

  • All BAS Estate has achieved net zero carbon emissions supported by renewable energy
  • East Antarctica research station is built as a net zero carbon station 
  • Embodied carbon from infrastructure projects is considerably reduced through targeted decisions

Pillar 3: Transport & Logistics

  • Zero or very low carbon transportation
  • Unavoidable carbon emissions are removed from the atmosphere
  • Equilibrium of emissions and removals is net zero

Pillar 4: Supply Chain

  • BAS Supply chain supports the Net Zero strategy  and shares the same values

Pillar 5: Community

  • BAS achieves the ambition set in the Net Zero strategy

Parthena Nopi Exizidou

Senior Carbon Manager (Net Zero transition lead)

Anna Jones

Science Leader - Senior Tropospheric Chemist

Atmosphere, Ice and Climate team

Livia Oldland

Corporate and Internal Communications Manager

Communications team

Laura Dance

Director of Corporate Services

Rachel Clarke

Senior Environmental Manager

Environment Office team

Oliver Marsh

Lifetime of Halley Glaciologist

Ice Dynamics and Palaeoclimate team

Emma Kajiyama

Innovation Team Administrator

In addition to the above members of the Net Zero Carbon Strategy Group, there are three subgroups for different working areas. Each group is chaired from within the Net Zero Strategy Group.

Zero Carbon Science for the Future

Anna Jones – Chair

Paul Anker 

Geraint Tarling  

Clara Manno 

Michael Rose 

Ana Pereira O’Callaghan 

Emma Boland 

Maria Fox 

Anna Belcher 

Jonathan Rosser 

David Vaughan 

Nopi Exizidou (guest)

Emma Kajiyama (administrative support)

Decarbonisation Management Group

Parthena Nopi Exizidou (Chair)

Rachel Clarke

Oliver Darke 

John Eager 

Amie Jackson 

Sheona Grant 

Paul Beard 

David Seaton 

Beatrix Schlarb-Ridley 

Michael Rose 

Natalia Ford 

Emma Kajiyama (administrative support)

Communication and Awareness Group

Linda Capper (Co-chair)

Livia Oldland (Co-chair)

Emma Boland 

Pilvi Muschitiello 

Nicola Couper-Marsh 

Mike Rose 

Parthena Exizidou 

Sheona Grant 

Oliver Marsh 

Natalia Ford 

Joanna Zanker

Emma Kajiyama (administrative support)

RRS Sir David Attenborough

The RRS Sir David Attenborough, commissioned by NERC, built by Cammell Laird for operation by British Antarctic Survey, is one of the most advanced polar research vessels in the world.

Rothera Research Station

The largest British Antarctic facility is a centre for biological research and a hub for supporting deep-field science.

Signy Research Station

Signy Research Station is one of Britain’s smallest stations, and is only occupied in summer. The island’s abundant wildlife and greenery make it an ideal outdoor laboratory. Research at Signy …

Bird Island Research Station

Bird Island Research Station is an important centre for research into bird and seal biology. Lying off the north-west tip of South Georgia, Bird Island is one of the richest …

King Edward Point Research Station

King Edward Point is primarily a marine and  fisheries research station.   Owned by the Government of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands (GSGSSI) and operated by British Antarctic Survey …