New vision for sustainable travel

Making sustainable travel the norm is the key aim of a new strategic document.

The University’s Travel Plan 2019-2021 is a key part of our commitment to securing a net-zero carbon footprint at Leeds by 2030

The University’s Travel Plan 2019-2021 is a key part of our commitment to securing a net-zero carbon footprint at Leeds by 2030. September 2019

The University’s Travel Plan 2019-2021 is designed to enhance the connectivity of our institution and boost wellness, safety and health for staff and students, while reducing the associated negative impacts of travel, such as congestion, carbon emissions and air pollution.

The document outlines our commitments to changing behaviour, operations and infrastructure developments towards more sustainable modes of travel, by staff, students and visitors to campus.

We manage our travel impacts across four key strands:

  • staff and student commuter travel
  • business travel
  • our fleet vehicles; and
  • visitors to campus.

The document outlines our vision and action plan for travel at Leeds during the next three years and beyond in the following areas:

  • greenhouse gas emissions
  • wellness, safety and health
  • air pollution; and
  • congestion.

Decarbonising transport is an important part of the UK’s commitment to achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

And the University revealed last week it has committed to securing a net-zero carbon footprint by 2030 – 20 years earlier than the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) recommends. The Travel Plan aligns with these bold Principles on the Global Climate Crisis, as well as our Sustainability Strategy.

The University recognises it can also support this trajectory by decarbonising its travel impacts and influencing change in the wider city, for example through the Clean Air Charging Zone and Connecting Leeds infrastructure improvements package.

You can view or download the full Travel Plan on the Sustainability website.

Contact the Sustainability Service team if you have any queries relating to sustainable travel at Leeds.

 

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