Staff commute and business travel
To measure improvements and trends in commuting and business travel, we launched the colleague travel survey.
The 2015—16 baseline recorded that the staff commute produces almost 10 tonnes CO2 per day, with the largest proportion of staff using low or zero carbon travel. Our initiatives and campaigns encourage the use of more sustainable travel.
It is now conducted annually to evaluate the effectiveness our messages in reducing our commute CO2 emissions. Business travel within the university is also monitored regularly through the transport booking system.
University fleet vehicles
To reduce emissions, the University has introduced electric vans to its fleet. This, alongside operational changes to increase efficiency, have resulted in our fleet being ECOstars accredited.
Our vehicles are fitted with trackers to record mileage and All- Star fuel cards are used to purchase fuel. This allows us to accurately monitor the amount of fuel used and mileage per month.
Despite the increased use and growth in number of vehicles in our fleet, emissions have dropped by 11.2% over the past four years. Furthermore, emissions per vehicle have fallen by 17.83%.
Progress on reducing our long-term impacts is fed back to the University's transport and vehicle group, attended by key stakeholders.