Social Responsibility and Sustainability

Sustainable Travel Policy (2021)

The Sustainable Travel Policy sets out how all local, national and international travel taken on behalf of the University should take place. 

This policy supports our 'Climate Conscious Travel' approach of:

  • understanding the environmental impacts of travel and using lower-carbon methods of transport where possible
  • minimising the overall number of journeys to reduce carbon emissions
  • sequestering the carbon emissions from travel 

The policy is also designed to ensure the safety of our staff and students and better manage our finances.

 

If you have a question about how to follow the policy, visit our Booking Travel: FAQs (secured) webpage.

Understanding why we have developed a travel policy

Graph showing increasing carbon emissions from University Business Travel between 2012 and 2019
Details of the background and reasoning for releasing a travel policy

Scope of the policy

looking down the aisle of a plane or train, over shoulder of person wearing headphones.
Find out what travel is covered by this policy and when you will need to adhere to the policy

Key policy principles

Passport and headphones on table
Find out more detail around the main policy principles

Contact us

If you have a question or concern regarding the Sustainable Travel Policy, please email SRS.department@ed.ac.uk

Additional Information

Find out more about local transport between our campuses

Find out more about the Climate Conscious Travel Project