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Transport and Travel

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. 

Commitments: Transport and Travel 

  • 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. 

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