Sustainability

Explore our sustainability research and find out how we're becoming a more sustainable business

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Discover the research we publish on sustainability and climate change through blog articles, our featured journals and open-access books, and our collections.

You can also find out how we're becoming a more sustainable, positive-impact business, and how we connect the communities we serve with the knowledge to do the same.

Featured blog articles

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The local impacts of wind farms

Misunderstandings about the impacts of wind power could be stunting its growth. This article highlights the potential advantages and disadvantages of wind farms on communities.

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Is artificial intelligence bad for the environment?

Artificial intelligence benefits the environment in countless ways. But AI and its associated infrastructure can have negative direct and indirect impacts on the environment too.

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10 essential open access (OA) books on climate change

Discover 10 open access books about climate change to read, download, and share freely.

They examine everything from the impact of a changing climate on women to how to build towns and cities that are more resilient to extreme weather events.

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Sustainable transport in cities

Despite some changes to our travel habits because of the COVID-19 pandemic, mobility is still a major problem in urban areas.

In this article, we're joined by several leading experts in mobility and sustainable transport. We look at what sustainable transportation is and why it's more than just "green" technology. We also highlight steps that cities should take to implement sustainable transport systems – including how residents can help speed up the transition.

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Featured journal articles

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19 February 2023

The impact of tourist visits on mountain gorilla behavior in Uganda

by Raquel Costa et al. in the Journal of Ecotourism

Tourism helps finance the protection of mountain gorillas' habitat. This study focuses on the effects of the presence of tourists on gorilla behavior and makes recommendations for reducing the impact of tourists on mountain gorillas.

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1 March 2022

Normalizing novel sanitation practices in transitioning towards circular food and energy systems

by Martijn Stehouwer et al. in Environmental Sociology

Wastewater from sanitation contains scarce resources that can be reused for energy and food production. This research paper highlights the role household sanitation could play in assuring the long-term viability of food systems.

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13 January 2022

How green primary iron production in South Africa could help global decarbonization

by Hilton Trollip, Bryce McCall, and Chris Bataille in Climate Policy

Iron and steel production is one of the largest global sources of industrial greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. This article explores how South Africa could competitively export near-zero GHG primary iron to steelmakers in leading international markets.

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7 October 2021

The outsized carbon footprints of the super rich

by Beatriz Barros and Richard Wilk in Sustainability: Science, Practice and Policy

Some people and groups have much larger carbon footprints than others. This brief looks at what effect "super-emitters" have on the everyday behavior of average citizens.

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18 November 2021

Sustainable fashion social media influencers and content creation calibration

by Jenna Jacobson and Brooke Harrison in International Journal of Advertising

Social media influencers have become an essential part of marketing agencies' strategies. This study highlights the future challenges for advertisers and influencers when linking sustainability to entrepreneurship in influencer marketing.

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19 December 2021

Assessing the rapidly emerging landscape of net zero targets

by Thomas Hale et al. in Climate Policy

This study reviews the climate strategies of more than 4,000 countries, states, regions, cities, and companies. It highlights how targets and related commitments shoudl be strengthened to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement.

Meet the editor

Meet Amar Abderrahmani, Editor-in-Chief, All Life

Professor Amar Abderrahmani is Editor-in-Chief of the All Life journal.

In this interview, Amar highlights the current challenges affecting the research community and explains why he believes multi-disciplinary open access research is key to driving progress towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

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Featured open-access books

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Monitoring Biodiversity: Combining Environmental and Social Data

edited by Anna Allard, E. Carina H. Keskitalo, and Alan Brown

Environmental monitoring is a key component in a large number of national programs. This book reappraises the role and practice of biodiversity monitoring, showing how new technologies and software applications can work alongside traditional field skills.

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The Politics of the Sustainable Development Goals: Legitimacy, Responsibility, and Accountability

by Magdalena Bexell and Kristina Jönsson

This book examines the political aspects of sustainable development goal setting.

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Valuing Nature: The Roots of Transformation

by Robert Fish and Holly McKelvey

This interdisciplinary book is set around the premise of a group of undergraduates completing an assignment on nature in the modern world. It explores the issues arising from the growing interest and concern about the value of nature.

Collections

F1000 Climate Action Gateway - supporting the rapid and transparent sharing of climate change research

The F1000 Climate Action Gateway brings together all content published on F1000Research related to climate change, its causes, impacts, and potential solutions; making the information rapidly and openly accessible for others to consult and use, thus supporting the development of effective scientific, policy, economic, social and behavioral responses.

The range of article types offered by F1000Research can be very helpful to researchers publishing climate science and related research, as well as relevant behavioral and social sciences.

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Supporting Horizon 2020 and UN Sustainable Development Goals

For Earth Day 2022, we put together a collection of articles from our Life, Earth, and Environmental Science subject areas. The collection supports the Horizon 2020 missions and United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Sustainable Development Goals Online

A curated interdisciplinary collection of over 18,600 book chapters, journal articles, and teaching and learning materials mapped to the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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The action we're taking

Gold Class for corporate sustainability

Our parent company Informa has been included in the 2022 S&P Global Yearbook, with a Gold Class award for the first time.

This means we've scored within the top 15% in our industry for corporate sustainability and achieved an S&P Global ESG (environmental, social, and governance) score within 30% of the industry’s top-performing company.

S&P awards Gold Class to companies with a minimum total score of 60 and ...whose score is within 1% of the top-performing company’s score in their industry. Our score in 2022 was 78.

Read our 2021 sustainability report (PDF)

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A Q&A with Catherine Hodgson, Sustainability Manager, Taylor & Francis

The UN Sustainable Development Goals Publishers Compact is a pledge which features 10 action points to accelerate progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

We sat down with our first-ever Sustainability Manager at Taylor & Francis, Catherine Hodgson, to ask her about her work with the Publishers Compact in 2021. We discussed how the organization has progressed with its work towards fulfilling the compact since January and asked her what the next steps were as we head into the final months of 2021.

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Taylor & Francis achieves CarbonNeutral® publication certification

We're proud to achieve CarbonNeutral® publication certification from Natural Capital Partners, the leading experts on carbon neutrality and climate finance, in line with The CarbonNeutral® Protocol.

This certification is for all 2021 and 2022 print book and journals. This follows our accelerated progress in reducing carbon emissions from our product supply chain and our purchase of high-quality, third-party-verified carbon credits for the remaining emissions that cannot yet be avoided.

This includes:

  • Increasing the use of print-on-demand services to better match production with demand and reduce physical stock levels
  • Donating unused book stock to BookAid and Amnesty International, avoiding waste and contributing to the wider sharing of knowledge
  • Implementing a program to remove plastic packaging from printed journals, which now covers nearly 75% of products

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Making progress with FasterForward

Our sustainability program FasterForward, includes a range of ambitious activities between 2020 and 2025 that will ensure we become an ever more sustainable, positive impact business.

Sustainability inside commitments

Embedding sustainability inside our products to help our customers advance sustainable development in their areas of expertise:

  1. Embed sustainability inside 100% of our products by 2025
  2. Help and promote the achievement of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals through our content

Faster to zero commitments

Moving faster to become a zero waste and net zero carbon business.:

  1. Become carbon neutral across our products by 2025
  2. Halve the waste generated through our products by 2025
  3. Become zero waste and net zero carbon by 2030 or earlier

Impact multiplier commitments

Multiplying the positive impact we can create when we improve access to knowledge, helps people connect more efficiently and invest in our communities:

  1. Enable 1 million disconnected people to access networks and knowledge by 2025
  2. Contribute value of at least 1% of profit before tax to community groups by 2025
  3. Save customers more carbon than we emit by 2025

Reducing plastic with paperwrap

Taylor & Francis has taken a significant step in reducing unnecessary plastic use with the introduction of paperwrap for journal print copies mailed in the U.K.

We spent several months investigating how paperwrap might be applied to journal print runs. Unlike paper envelopes, which can often be torn in transit, paperwrapped journals consistently reached their intended recipient with little or no damage.

Paperwrap is replacing all other packaging for almost all U.K. journal mailings. The materials used in paperwrap come from sustainable sources.

Find out more about how we're becoming a more sustainable business

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Building a more sustainable supply chain and reducing our absolute carbon emissions are important priorities for us, and this certification reflects continuous improvements made over several years.
Annie Callanan, Chief Executive, Taylor & Francis

Meet the people working for sustainability at Taylor & Francis

In this video, find out why our employees Catherine Hodgson, Anindita Pandey, Irma Britton, Rebecca Nobes, and Rebecca Marsh are so passionate about conservation and the environment, and how their interests and life experiences have shaped their work.

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Initiatives we're supporting

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Publishing Declares

Publishing Declares is a five-point pledge designed to raise awareness of the sustainability issues most relevant to the publishing industry to aid the discovery of existing tools and resources and to inspire action that results in sustained behavior change.

As a founding signatory, we are collaborating with the publishing industry to achieve 5 commitments:

  1. Join the global climate effort to limit warming to 1.5°C by setting ambitious, measurable targets across our own operations and extended supply chain to achieve net zero as soon as possible and by 2050 at the latest.
  2. Protect nature and biodiversity, working with supply chain partners that are resource-efficient, use sustainable materials and processes wherever possible in the content we produce, and constantly innovating to make use of new and recycled materials.
  3. Collaborate with our peers, authors, illustrators, supply chain partners, and business partners to translate our climate aspirations and commitments into tangible actions to safeguard our planet for future generations.
  4. Empower our colleagues to become climate literate and support them to bring that knowledge into the work that they do.
  5. Use our expertise, platform, and voice to raise awareness and drive positive climate action wherever we can.

The pledge is the first project in an ongoing scheme of work that will also include a report, carbon calculator, and a materials index.

Business for Societal Impact (B4SI)

We're a member of the Business for Societal Impact (B4SI) Network, a forum that helps organizations measure and manage their social impact.

Our social initiatives include accessibility partnerships, open access publishing support for researchers in low-income countries, and a scheme that gives readers in the Global South free access to journal articles. 

B4SI's Framework allows us to analyze activities like these, benchmark them against the community investment of other companies, and multiply our community impact.

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As part of Evidence Week 2021, Dr Joanna Depledge, Senior Editorial Advisor on the journal Climate Policy, explains the link between public acceptance and the successfulness of climate policies.

Evidence Week 2021 – the basis of public support for climate policies

We participated in Evidence Week 2021 in the UK parliament to advocate an evidence-based approach to policy formation.

Organized by Sense about Science, this event offered the chance for researchers, community groups, and parliamentarians to communicate and discuss ideas surrounding science, evidence, and policy. This helped MPs to gain the tools needed to better scrutinize scientific evidence for policymaking.

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