Go Abroad

Sustainability

Consider the sustainability impacts of your travel and activities abroad.

Sustainable development goals 

SDGs Sustainable development goals

The University aims, in its operations, research, learning and teaching, to engage with and contribute to the UN's Sustainable Development Goals, both locally and globally.   

SWAY is keen to identify and promote Study and Work Away activities which address or contribute to these goals. 

If you are planning a Go Abroad activity which addresses or links to any of the above goals, share your activity with us and we'll publish it on these pages to help inspire others!

Climate conscious travel

Travelling abroad has an inevitable environmental impact. As part of the University’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.

When you can, avoid flying - take a train or other low-carbon options.  Where this is not an option, think about ways you can minimise your carbon footprint from flying:

  • consider destinations that are closer to the UK
  • take direct flights where possible
  • don't take additional flights when abroad

In addition, when you’re abroad (or even when you're not!) try walking, cycling, or using public transport rather than taking a car or taxi. 

Coimbra Group & Eurail together for a Greener Erasmus+

Did you know that 75% of Erasmus+ participants take the plane to travel to and from their exchange destinations? It's no secret that aviation contributes significantly to the European Union's already substantial CO2 emissions. But you can make a positive difference by joining the sustainable travel movement when you travel by train with Interrail to improve the green credentials of your Erasmus+ experience. 

As a member of the Coimbra Group, the University of Edinburgh has joined forces with Eurail, the company behind the iconic Interrail Pass, to offer you a unique opportunity to purchase your 10 days within 2 months Interrail mobile Global Pass with a 20% discount. You can use it to travel by train to and/or from your host university. What's more, you can sustainably explore the riches of your host country (and beyond) with ease.

We want to encourage you to embrace this opportunity to broaden your perspective and join the sustainable travel movement whilst you explore Europe by rail. With a paperless Interrail Pass in hand, you can experience the magic of rail travel & make travel decisions that leave a positive impact on the world.

Until 8 September 2021, get a whopping 20% OFF your 10 days within 2 months Interrail Global Pass in the exclusive sale for Erasmus+ exchange students and staff from 27 participating Coimbra Group Universities.

Calculate the cost of offsetting your carbon footrpint

There are various offsetting schemes available to mitigate the environmental impact of your activities, supporting many different projects.  

Use the ForestCarbon calculator to calculate the cost of offsetting your carbon footprint

Environmental Sustainability Commitment

Environmental sustainability is one of the most important and urgent issues facing society. Edinburgh Global takes its duty very seriously in relation to this and we are committed to making more efficient use of our resources and sustainable ways of working, travelling and living.

Our Environmental Sustainability Commitment represents Edinburgh Global's contribution to the University’s sustainability strategy and target of being carbon zero by 2040. We will review our commitment annually and involve all colleagues.

Read our Environmental Sustainability Commitment

Find out more

The University's Department of Social Responsibility and Sustainability (SRS) has more information and ways  you can get involved in supporting sustainability issues:

Want to know more about the University’s commitment to sustainability and social responsibility?

Find out about Erasmus+ UK  initiatives: