Go Abroad

Climate conscious travel

Find out about reducing your carbon emissions from travel and other sustainability initiatives.

Travelling abroad has an inevitable environmental impact. As part of the University of Edinburgh’s goal to be carbon zero by 2040, it’s important to reflect on the sustainability of long distance travel.

Short and long haul flights are major contributors to global carbon emissions. However, we know that in many cases it’s not feasible to travel outside the UK without flying. Think about ways you can minimise your carbon footprint from flying. For example taking direct flights, and not taking additional flights when abroad. In addition, when you’re abroad (or in Edinburgh!) try walking, cycling, or using public transport rather than taking a car or taxi.

When you can, avoid flying - take a train or other low-carbon options. If you are particularly concerned about the environmental impact of flights, consider destinations that are closer to the UK.

University's Department of Social Responsibility and Sustainability (SRS)

For more information on reducing your carbon emissions from travel, the University’s Department of Social Responsibility and Sustainability have released guidance for travellers: Climate conscious Travel Advice

The following SRS webpages also provide information and ideas about travelling and working sustainably: Travel Sustainably

The new Sustainability Champions network is open to staff and students interested in learning how to live and work in a more sustainable way: Sustainability Champions 

Further information

The following Erasmus+ UK articles and initiatives may also be of interest

Erasmus+ UK - Three ways to take the greener path to combat air pollution 

Erasmus Sustainability Hub

Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange

The Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange is part of the Erasmus+ programme, providing an accessible, ground-breaking way for young people to engage in intercultural learning. Through a range of activities, it aims to expand the reach and scope of the Erasmus+ programme through virtual exchanges, which are technology-enabled, people-to-people dialogues, sustained over a period of time. Working with youth organisations and universities, the programme is open to any young person aged 18-30 residing in Europe and the Southern Mediterranean.

If you would like to find out more about Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange, you can watch a recording of a webinar that was recently given to National Agencies. The webinar is a one-hour thematic session and includes the participation of experts, European Commission representatives, consortium partners and beneficiaries. It provides orientation, ideas and concrete examples of the different activities young people can engage in through this ground-breaking project.

Watch the webinar on YouTube