Social Responsibility and Sustainability

Governance

The University aims to strike a balance between the recognised benefits of personal meetings with colleagues in other places and the impact that our international travel has on climate change.

Our approach is to:

  • Encourage and support sustainable travel behaviour amongst staff, students and visitors.
  • Reduce the carbon footprint of our vehicles by making environmental performance a high priority when replacing vehicles, and by encouraging fuel-efficient driving practices through training.

Our objectives

  • Ensure the travels plans for each of our campuses remain up to date and implement innovative travel planning initiatives targeting staff, students and visitors.
  • Promote and implement measures for improving access by walking, cycling, shared vehicles and public transport to and between sites and reduce the need for single occupancy car journeys.
  • Ensure that all new developments undertaken by the University implement the very highest levels of provision for travel by non-car modes.
  • Implement a Business Travel Policy to address legislation requirements, and reduce the need to travel – or where unavoidable – to support the use of lower carbon modes.
  • Improve the provision of video conferencing and teleconferencing facilities and promote their use.
  • Work with local organisations, charities and companies to implement innovative travel plan initiatives, such as a cycle hire scheme.

Responsibilities & committees

Emma Crowther, Transport and Parking Manager, Estates and Buildings

Sustainability and Environment Advisory Committee (Operations), Convenor: Nigel Paul, Director of Corporate Services

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