The University of Antwerp is fully committed to climate neutrality in 2030 and wants to be completely fossil-free by 2050. These ambitious but necessary objectives are central to the university's climate strategy.
International travel is important in academia. International exchange plays a major role in knowledge development. However, it also accounts for an important part of UAntwerp's total emissions. According to the baseline measurement report, international air travel accounts for 8% of the total emissions.
As a community, we can all contribute to reducing our climate impact. Travelling by plane contributes to global warming. You can opt for a more sustainable means of transport to reduce the harmful emissions caused by your trip. Therefore we encourage students to travel to their exchange destination by bus or train! This way you, as a student, can help to reduce your ecological footprint and at the same time, get the opportunity to start your exchange abroad in an adventurous way.
If you have to fly, the best way would be to book a direct flight and avoid stopovers. Consider compensating the C02 emissions of your flight.
- Take the train or bus for destinations within Europe
- Fly as little as possible (avoid short-haul flights)
- If you have to fly, the best way would be to book a direct flight. Avoid stopovers
- Compensate the CO2 emissions of your flights
- Travel light, less luggage is often more
- Nearby destinations are exciting as well
- Use public transportion and bicycles on-site
- Straight from the platform to your seat
- All the luggage you can carry, without weight and liquid restrictions
- Time for productive work in the quiet compartment from the first minute on, usually with free Wi-Fi (and a power socket!), or just spend the time picturing all that the stay abroad will have to offer
- Watch the landscape pass by
- Arrival (almost always) right in the city centre