International travel

International travelInternational travel is important in the academic world. It is an important factor for the development of a research network and for knowledge exchange.

However, it also takes up a significant share of UAntwerp’s total emissions, especially if one also takes commuting into account. According to the zero-measurement report, transporting people (commuting and work-related travel combined) accounts for 50% of the total footprint.

Currently, we are working on mechanisms to stimulate UAntwerp staff or students to travel in a more sustainable way. New is that there is a general university wide mechanism in place to offset CO2 emission from international travel. Several funding sources (e.g. BOF, FWO) are starting to accept CO2-compensation as an eligible cost for research projects. Also, the Flemish Government and the UGent are restricting staff to travel by airplane on short distances (< 500km or < 6h over land).

Goals

  • Installing the necessary tools and mechanisms to monitor the emissions from international travel in detail by 2021.
  • Developing, promoting, and continuously improve the variety of alternatives to flying.
  • Roll-out of a comprehensive scheme enabling CO2 compensation to cover all work-related travel by 2022.

Priority action points

  • Creating a general university-wide mechanism for CO2 compensation for international traveling, taking into account the existing initiatives.
  • Assimilating the policy of the Flemish government on short distance travels
  • Invest in highest quality video conferencing technology at every campus and actively promote the opportunities it provides

Contact

Would you like to join this working group on Transport? Or do you have any questions or suggestions on this topic?

Please contact the working group leader, Bert Gielen (bert.gielen@uantwerpen.be)