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Academics face flying restrictions as Cambridge heads for carbon neutral future

Cambridge academics face permanent restrictions on flying to conferences after the university vowed to become carbon neutral and end investments in fossil fuels.

The university said that its £3.5 billion endowment fund would have no “meaningful exposure” to fossil fuels by 2030 and it would cut greenhouse gas emissions to “net zero” by 2038, meaning any remaining emissions would be offset by reductions elsewhere.

Cambridge, which was reacting to a five-year campaign by students said it would also stop taking donations and research funding from donors which could not “demonstrate compatibility” with its aims.

It aims to achieve the net zero target by cutting the carbon footprint of its staff and buildings, including reducing flights and stopping burning gas to heat buildings.

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