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Air travel

As a university with many international students and staff, as well as academic connections around the world, our travel patterns and habits can have a large impact.

While flying to attend conferences and meetings, or conduct research can be beneficial, it also has a large environmental impact which the University must reduce if it is to meet its Net Zero emission targets set out in the Vision 2025 strategy

Remote working

One of the simplest ways to reduce your travel related carbon emissions is to simply avoid travelling. Try to look for alternative ways of attending meetings or conferences virtually such as Zoom that can reduce the need to travel.

All Strathclyde staff have access to Zoom video conferencing, and other remote working technology. Find out more about working off-campus.

Travel Better package

The Travel Better package was developed to encourage University staff and academics to consider why they fly and how they can reduce the number of flights they take each year.

The package was developed in collaboration with EAUC and the University of Edinburgh. It consists of three elements that work together to support staff in evaluating their relationship with air travel and encourages them to “travel better”:

1. Your concerns answered

A Q&A tool addressing concerns individuals may have about reducing air travel using information collected from a wide variety of sources.

2. A Pledge to Travel Better

The Travel Better Pledge template used to inform individual behaviour change, as well as departmental and institutional policies, pledges and statements regarding air travel.

3. Self-reflection and justification

The air travel justification tool, which is an extension of a decision tree. The self-scoring tool supports individuals in justifying and reflecting on attending a conference, meeting or event that is only accessible through flying.