Social Responsibility and Sustainability


Globally, travel is one of the three biggest causes of climate change along with food and energy. As part of Zero by 2040, we have committed to work with staff, students and other organisations to reduce our impact.

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Our Sustainable Travel Programme is working to understand, report on and improve the sustainability of travel at the University.

Climate conscious travel consultation (secured)

Airplane in the air from below
Find out more about proposals to reduce carbon emissions from University travel and give us your feedback.

Sustainable transport in Edinburgh

Edinburgh at sunset
Right now, most staff and students who come to the University do so on foot, by bike or on public transport – those are the most sustainable ways to get around. That’s great, but we want to help even more people to do this and to make it easier for those who already do.

Business travel outside Edinburgh

London event
Business travel is the second biggest cause of the University’s carbon emissions. We are working to understand where our travel emissions come from and how we might be able to reduce them in the future.

Roundtable of Sustainable Academic Travel

outline of plane and train showing scale of carbon emissions for these modes of transport
Details of the international collaborative network developed by the University to address business travel emissions within higher education.



Printing Services receive award for cycle delivery service


New 20% discount with Virgin East Coast trains (archive)


Consultation now open to update business travel guidance