Social Responsibility and Sustainability

Sustainable Travel Policy (2021)

An overview of the Sustainable Travel Policy agreed by the University Executive in March 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 which looks to reduce our overall travel. Where travel must take place, we will reduce the carbon emissions from these journeys and sequester any remaining carbon through a direct sequestration scheme.

This policy is designed to ensure the safety of our staff and students, reduce our environmental impact and better manage our finances.  By embedding the Sustainable Travel Policy, we are supporting Strategy 2030. By delivering positive change locally, regionally and globally, we will make the world a better place.

Read the Sustainable Travel Policy (1,411 KB PDF)   

 

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 and expected timescales

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Find out what travel is covered by this policy and when you will need to adhere to the policy

Key policy principles

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Find out more detail around the main policy principles

Frequently Asked Questions

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Answers to frequently asked questions about the Sustainable Travel Policy

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