To all,

we sincerely hope that you are all doing well and endure this crisis in the best possible way. The past few weeks have been an opportunity for many to confront the reality of the world and to propose new lines of thought to overcome the crisis and what lies ahead.

We hope to be able to spur and fuel these debates.

On the frontpage

On March 16th, the “Technical Support” and “Carbon Footprint” teams presented the advancement of the tool designed to calculate the carbon footprint of laboratories (as well as the necessary data collection) to the representatives of 9 laboratories willing to beta-test it.

The online tool is almost ready. Here are the features that have been developed:

  • the general architecture is set;
  • the lab, building and vehicle data entry forms are ready;
  • the form for the questionnaire concerning commute practices is ready;
  • the emission factor database is up-to-date and loaded into the tool;
  • almost all the GHG emissions calculations have been checked and validated by the team;
  • the regulatory GHG balance table and carbon footprint calculation are working;

There still remains to finalize the module concerning the mission-related travel as well as the authentication and user account management, write the methodology, documentation and help-sheets, organize the data storage and management, deal with the multi-year monitoring and finally get the servers up and running.
The meeting has also allowed to answer some questions asked by the test labs and especially the issue of data access… During the lockdown, it will be possible to test the tool even if the data is only partial, especially regarding the commute practices (that are strongly altered).
Obviously, the GHG assessment initiave requires a minimal support from the lab director and other lab members. As far as data access is concerned the approval of the director is mandatory.

As a consequence, before initiating any data collection, we recommend discussing with the lab director regarding the utility of the GHG assessment and organizing an information meeting for all lab members in his/her presence.

Furthermore, we work with the CNRS management so as to coordinate the effort nationwide and gain its endorsement of our GHG assessment tool.

We plan on starting the tests at the beginning of May so that the tool can be made available to all labs by the end of June/beginning of July.

Team-by-team activities

Our common aim is to lower the carbon footprint of scientific research. Every discipline and laboratory has its own expert knowledge and know-hows on how to reach this goal. We thus propose to create an experimentation network among Labos 1point5 akin to the DEPHY network gathering thousands of farms committed to reducing the use of insecticides (among others). The steering group thus suggested to create a new team dedicated to documenting and assisting all activities relevant to reduce the carbon footprint of scientific research (incentives, taxes, quotas, …). In practice, you can join by registering on the website site internet. We are looking for a co-organizer to help Olivier Ragueneau set up the initiative. Discussions can start by email or on the dedicated channel on the Framateam.

The Survey team quickens the pace. The coronavirus outbreak has drastically altered all kinds of activity, including academic (most buildings are closed to the public, many conferences have been cancelled, massive use of videoconferencing tools, ...). As a matter of fact, a survey concerning research practices in 2020 wouldn't be very representative of both past and most likely future activity. As a consequence the team decided to accelerate the setup of the survey so as to investigate the practices of all research staff during the year 2019. A first test form will be sent out in the coming weeks with the aim of uploading an online version by next spring. .

  • A "teaching/education" sub-group has been created and is starting out. Its main aim is to create content (texts, slideshows, …) regarding the environmental crisis and the energy transition. This material will then be used by invited L1p5 members to give talks in different occasions (schools, universities, local governments, companies, …) or more largely shared. If interested, please get in touch with Patrick Hennebelle;

  • discussions concerning the current COVID-19 crisis and its relations to the environmental crisis have started and continue on the dedicated Framateam channel;

  • a groupe "Scientist work day for future" has started. Its primary goal is to motivate scientists from all disciplines and fields to work on climate- and energy- related topics one day per week. If interested, please get in touch with Vincent Guillet ;

Feel free to suggest any other theme for the next meeting.

  • We decided to create a Labos1point5 directory database for two reasons. The first is to facilitate contacts among members of the collective and the second is to allow anyone external people (organizations, associations, media, …) to contact research personnel based on their location, discipline, etc. It is currently being set up and members will then be asked whether they want to provide their information for it to be displayed there. The "Resources" page of the Labos 1point5 website is also being remodeled to highlight valuable articles and provide some extended summaries.

  • We hope that the information shared on the wikis Appropedia and Sustainability in Science regarding virtual conferences will be of particular interest during this complicated period.

Institutions
The French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) supports the collective. Discussions are ongoing in order to facilitate exchanges of information, data, and skills. Different options are envisioned. In particular, one aim is to set the rules for the access to mission-related data (among others) required for carrying out the GHG balances of laboratories (for more info, see "on the frontpage"). .

Funding
The French Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME) will fund to the amount of 70% a 2-year full-time contract. We continue looking for the remaining funds so that by September, the collective hires a project coordinator!

Call for participation for the organization of the 1p5 colloquium

A team dedicated to the organization of the Labos1point5 colloquium is being created. The aim of the colloquium is threefold. (i) present the results of more than year of collective work, (ii) present the existing initiatives concerning carbon footprint reduction in the laboratories and (iii) provide food for thoughts via talks and discussions on how to meet the goals regarding the reduction of the environmental footprint of research.
This colloquium is subsidized by ADEME and will partially be held remotely in the sense that local French hubs will be connected numerically so as to limit the travels and foster exchanges between participants (poster sessions, coffee breaks, …).
For the now, the colloquium is scheduled for the end of the year 2020 around two days:

  • Day 1: focused on laboratory initiatives
    • Selected talks and posters with abstract submission
    • Talks by different collectives (Atecopol, Ecopolien, LOCEAN-Climactions, …)
    • Art performances…
  • Day 2: focused on L1p5 the morning and open discussion in the afternoon
    • Presentation of the collective
    • Team-by-team summaries
    • In-depth discussions

In order for the colloquium to be a successful, dynamic and technically flawless event, we have a lot of work ahead of us. If you wish to participate, connect to the dedicated channel on the Framateam and/or send an email at: colloque@labos1point5.org.

Lab news

Twenty-five initiatives are now listed on our website. If there is one in your lab, get in touch so that we can update the webpage!

Goodwill welcome!

Labos1point5 still needs (wo)manpower for its 7 teams and especially regarding:

  • Setting up an electronic voting system;
  • Organizating the Labos 1point5 webinars;
  • Finding, listing and contacting the other French initiatives in collaboration with the “technical support” team;
  • Managing the finances of L1p5. We have received funding for a full-time job and for operational/running costs;
  • Managing our social media accounts. Anyone with experience in Community Managing would be more than welcome!
    If you want to help, contact us;
  • What’s more, we will be able to fund and supervise interns via subsidies. Feel free to contact us if you know someone who might be interested!

    News and calls outside Labos 1point5

    Creation of the “Changement Clim-éthique” blog. The first post concerns an essay regarding the ethics of (climate) change. It is an invitation to think about the societal roots of the COVID-19 crisis as well as what will happen when lockdown is lifted. A new episode every three days

    “Sciences en Live” started. This initiative allows researchers to interact with the general public via videoconferencing. It has been gathering (higher) education and outreach professionals since the lockdown began.

    The Atécopol, a Toulouse-based, interdisciplinary, collective of scholars interested in environmental change, has released the audio and video tracks for their past seminars. Find them here.


    Ideas are always welcome, feel free to contact us!
    Signature: The steering group & Floriane Clément for the communication team, special thanks to Maxime Garnier for the translation.

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