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CSIRO staff air travel spiked last year

AAP logoAAP 27/10/2016 Roje Adaimy

Staff at one of Australia's leading climate research agencies travelled 17 million kilometres more by air last year while trying to reduce their carbon footprint.

The CSIRO took the equivalent of almost 30,000 flights from Sydney to Perth, or 117 million kilometres, in 2015/16 - up from 100 million the previous year.

That equates to just over 24,000km per full-time employee, almost 4000km more than at any time over the past four years.

The CSIRO, in its annual report, said air travel had been trending down over recent years, mostly due to government and internal policy.

But domestic travel was up 13 per cent last year, and international travel jumped 20 per cent.

The government-funded science organisation has vowed to reduce its emissions by five per cent by 2020.

It did, however, manage to drop its electricity and gas consumption over the 12 months.

The CSIRO has recently undergone a massive restructure, shedding hundreds of jobs.

Redundancies cost $27.6 million in the 2015/16 period, although overall staff numbers increased by almost two per cent.

As of June 30 it had 5367 staff.

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