SORTED Guide to Sustainability in Further Education – Part 5 - Estates and Operations – 5.4 Estates and Operations: travel and transport

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Introduction to the topic area

Travel and transport cost institutions money but much of the cost is not immediately evident. Mileage claims and vehicle fleet management are only the visible tip of the iceberg. Under the surface there are many hidden costs. For example, there are costs associated with staff time spent travelling for business and the surprisingly high average annual cost of providing car parking spaces meaning many institutions spend thousands of pounds on parking every year. In addition, there are the costs of travel delays and unreliability due to congestion.

If the impact on the balance sheet is worse than it first appears, the same is true of the impact on the environment. Transport is the fastest growing source of greenhouse gas emissions and cause of climate change, with commuter and business travel constituting nearly 40% of miles driven by car each year.

Organisational value of embedding sustainability in this area

Wider benefits of embedding sustainability in this area

Getting started

Much of the emphasis will involve your organisation focusing on engaging with staff and learners to encourage them to take a more sustainable approach to their travel options. This could include:

Additional options could include considering adopting highly fuel efficient cars for the organisation’s fleet such as alternative fuels, electric hybrid. You should also take care to address the issue of your “grey fleet” this refers to staff who use their own cars on official business.

Ask your EAUC colleagues for support via the EAUC Communities of Practice and Topic Support Networks.

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