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How far would you go? Assessing the carbon footprint of business travel in the context of academic research activity

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Medway, D and Warnaby, G and Byrom, J and Grimmer, M and Abushena, R, How far would you go? Assessing the carbon footprint of business travel in the context of academic research activity, Public Value: Deepening, Enriching, and Broadening the Theory and Practice, Routledge , A Lindgreen, N Koenig-Lewis, M Kitchener, JD Brewer, MH Moore, T Meynhardt (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 336-350. ISBN 9781138059665 (2019) [Research Book Chapter]

Abstract

A growing focus on the topic of climate change, carbon footprints and other associated environmental issues has pervaded society, and has inter alia generated extensive comment (Kotler, 2011; Polonsky, 2011), albeit with varying periodic emphasis, depending on current events and the vagaries of news agendas. Madeleine Bunting (2009), in a column in the UK newspaper The Guardian drawing on the ideas of Amitai Etzoni, argues that the environment has become one of the great 'moral megalogues' of our age – namely, a subject on which millions of members of society hold opinions and freely exchange their views in a variety of settings and contexts. Whilst such megalogues have no clear beginning or end, over time they can lead to changes in culture and people’s behaviour.

'Sustainability' is a term that has become intimately connected with this environmental megalogue. Barlett and Chase (2004, 6) conceptualise sustainability as 'an intersection of three domains': (1) the economic, relating to the production of goods and services to support the livelihood of populations; (2) the social, relating to issues such as social justice and political participation, and (3) the environmental, relating to the maintenance of biodiversity and the health of biological systems. Arguably, all three of these domains have direct implications for public value (O’Flynn, 2007) and the sustainable use of resources. Indeed, Swilling (2011) explicitly links sustainability and public value and goes as far as to state that this 'is rapidly becoming the unifying challenge of our generation' (94).

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Business and Management
Research Field:Corporate Governance and Stakeholder Engagement
Objective Division:Commercial Services and Tourism
Objective Group:Environmentally Sustainable Commercial Services and Tourism
Objective Field:Management of Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Commercial Services and Tourism
UTAS Author:Grimmer, M (Professor Martin Grimmer)
ID Code:133091
Year Published:2019
Deposited By:Office of the Provost
Deposited On:2019-06-07
Last Modified:2019-06-07
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