Published: 2021-09-13 14:11 | Updated: 2021-09-13 14:11

Hello there, Stina Jaensson!

Hello there, Stina Jaensson, Environmental Coordinator at KI!

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How do you view the transformation that has taken place over the past year?

- The biggest change for me has been not taking the bike or the tube to work every day, but having the office at home. We have learned that travelling is not a matter of course and that, in many cases, it has worked very well to take the meeting at the kitchen table and participate in a conference from the couch.

What knowledge and experience can we take with us?

- We now have a huge opportunity to build on what we have learned during the pandemic and build a better society for the future. Flexible working can contribute to sustainable development, including by reducing travel to and from work and thus improving work-life balance. Reducing travel, both business travel and travel to and from work, would bring major benefits to society in terms of reduced carbon footprint, cleaner air and improved health. Time spent travelling to and from work can instead promote health and well-being, through increased opportunities for recovery and physical activity.. Virtual meetings can also promote gender equality and participation on a more equal footing.

- It has also become clear that we can share resources in the form of workplaces to a greater extent when we work part of our time at home. In this way, we save on premises, equipment and energy, which is good for the environment, the climate and the economy.

- Reducing emissions from our travel, reducing our energy use and conserving resources are also part of the climate strategy that KI decided on last spring. Together, we at KI can contribute to a more sustainable society.

We now have a huge opportunity to build on what we have learned during the pandemic and build a better society for the future

Stina Jaensson, Environmental coordinator at Karolinska Institutet