As a university with global reach, and over 160 nationalities on campus. We recognise the impact that the travel of students and staff has on the environment.
Our 2018/19 business travel of 31.93 Million km and the 2,385 litres of fuel we used in our own vehicles account for 9,919 tCO2e of our 2018/19 carbon footprint (38.4%). Long-haul flights made up at least 87% of our business travel footprint.
Apply the lessons learned from remote working in lockdown to encourage people to focus more on essential travel only, and to keep air travel to a minimum.
Continue to promote and share evidence of the good practice of sustainable transport (cycling, walking and public transport) as well as the public health and environmental impacts of transport emissions.
We have developed a business travel template to ensure we collect reliable business travel data. This data will be used to identify our top fliers and implement incentives/approaches to reduce our business travel.
Actively engage with individuals, departments and research groups whose research, training, consultancy and other associated activities entails long- haul international flights.
Implement a “no vehicle idling” policy across all our UK campuses.
Develop proposals to incentivise use of “greener” vehicles on campus (e.g. installation of EV charging points, possible parking levy).
Increase the infrastructure and facilities across our campuses that support cycling and sustainable travel.
Progressively reduce our business travel in line with our six-year carbon reduction target.
Find more information on sustainable travel opportunites and facilities available to staff, students and visitors.