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. Therefore, measures to reduce excessive vehicle use are vital for any university that seeks to achieve the aims of its Carbon Management Plan.
If you would like to connect with other EAUC members interested in this area of sustainability, join the EAUC's Transport Community of Practice. This group is for EAUC members only. Find out more.
EAUC-Scotland's Travel and Transport Topic Support Network (TSN) is open to all, providing an opportunity for those working in or with the further and higher education sector to share ideas and questions and to get together to hear from particular speakers or discuss topics of interest. Find out more about the TSNs here.
In this EAUC Member Spotlight, see how Coleg Gwent has made a pledge to embed sustainable development as a core principle of the college.
An EAUC guide on the primary areas of impact and influence in relation to the contributing factors and intervention measures regarding climate change.
Milton Keynes College operating procedures for cycle lockers. This will be useful for those looking to install lockers to aid a sustainable transport strategy.
The University of Aberdeen's cycle locker procedures. This will be useful for those thinking about installing lockers as part of a sustainable transport strategy.
The EAUC has published this abridged version of our forthcoming Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) Insight Guide to inform institutions about the CRC.
Carbon offsetting is recommended at Loughborough University where a donation is given and the money goes to planting trees to offset travel related carbon emissions.
A tool which makes it easy to find out which top ten new cars have the lowest CO2 in their class.
A study by Bicicleta Club de Catalunya (BACC) on bike use and cycling promotion in universities in Spain and Britain in May 2007.
Responses from EAUC Members on how to improve campus bike security and the policies and procedures that can help create a strategy for abandoned bikes.
Guidance from NICE on local measures to promote walking and cycling as forms of travel or recreation are now available.
Responses from EAUC Members about the processes that need to be adhered to in order for abandoned bikes can be removed so they can be recycled or refurbished
The Cabinet Office Behavioural Insights Team’s first Annual Report (2011).
This report sets out the Department for Transport's cycling policy (January 2008) and demonstrates the health and environmental benefits of cycling.
A case study from the University of East Anglia about their travel plan which has delivered a range of initiatives leading to car use being reduced by 12%.
The EcoCampus encourages and rewards universities for moving towards environmental sustainability and therefore good operational and management practice.
In order to set an example by operating in an environmentally and socially responsible way, the Higher Education Funding Council for England set a key objective to minimise...
Established in 2000, the Welsh Video Network supports videoconferencing studios in every university and college in Wales, and facilitated over 4,800 conferences in 2006-07....
Founded in 2005, the Scottish Universities Physics Alliance (SUPA), comprising Edinburgh, Glasgow, Herriot-Watt, St Andrews, Strathclyde, and West of Scotland Universities, is...
Elmwood College has adopted an innovative approach for meeting the requirements of the ISO14001 Environmental Management Standard. It uses curriculum as a mechanism for...
The Big Wheel: Turning transport around,a website developed by the Greater Nottingham Transport Partnership, local universities and Sustrans.
EAUC Members responses about the management of paid car parks at institutions.
EAUC Member responses with Members’ experience on measurable mandatory tender criteria for building contractors regarding travel to and from university site with respect...
Responses from EAUC Members on Members' experience of monitoring the use of bicycle racks.
A completely free ‘Fleet Health Check’ is available from The Energy Saving Trust for organisations with more than 20 vehicles
A toolkit published by the Department for Transport (DfT) which provides a practical tool for users wishing to apply the latest behavioural insights in the transport context.
A briefing document prepared by ECUS Environmental Consultants (October 2011) which discusses the proposed revisions to ISO14001: 2004 Environmental Management Standard.
A toolkit to provide pathways that will lead us to a clean, safe and energy healthy 2050 developed by the DECC
The UK Government's Sustainable Procurement Action Plan produced by DEFRA in 2007. Incorporating the Government response to the report of the Sustainable Task Force. Part...
EAUC Member responses to a question about whether subsidising staff bus fares for bus services that service campuses count as benefit in kind.
Responses from EAUC Members on whether there a link between bus vs. car issues and student attendance at institutions.
Examples of carbon reduction strategies, plans and initiatives from a number of universities.
Five universities approached to sustainable travel
This document aims to help public bodies access potential sources of energy efficiency and renewable energy finance and to assess the costs, risks and benefits of doing this.
A summary from HEFCE for measuring scope 3 carbon emissions
This resource takes you to a page on the Carbon Trust's website which outlines the support offered to public sector bodies.
The Carbon Trust Standard for Carbon publicly recognises your organisation's efforts in reducing carbon emissions.
Sustrans is a UK-wide transport charity that focuses on active travel.
A self assessment toolkit developed to promote consistent good-practice in Estates Management by enabling a good-practice standard
A EAUC Member only resource which provides a 20 minute 'introduction to sustainability' elearning module to use as an engagement tool.
In this EAUC Member Spotlight, see how the University of Liverpool is one of the UK’s leading research institutions with an annual turnover of £340 million, including £123...
Laura Wellington’s (City College Plymouth) presentation from the EAUC Annual Conference 2011 about how to make a cycle salary sacrifice scheme work and building partnerships