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Department of Land Economy

Environment, Law & Economics
 

The University launched its five-year travel and transport strategy in 2019.

The aims of the strategy include:

  • Working with local transport providers and local government to improve public transport 
  • Improving cycling infrastructure and facilities to support cycling via initiatives such as the Pool Bike scheme and Dr Bike maintenance sessions
  • Working towards 100% electrification of the University’s vehicle fleet by 2030, and electrification of the Universal bus service from 2021
  • Reviewing our approach to car parking permits to make sure these are managed consistently and transparently across the University, and are allocated to the people who need them most

 

National and international business travel can play a key part in academic, research and education objectives at the University of Cambridge. However, in 2018/19, carbon emissions from business travel were roughly equivalent to emissions from gas used for space and water heating across the University estate (Environmental Sustainability Report 2019)

 

The University lead by the Sustainability Team is now carrying out a consultation with staff and students to gain feedback on a new draft Sustainable Business Travel Policy.

Here in Land Economy, we had already started looking at the possibility of reducing our carbon emissions through implementation of a departmental travel policy, and you may remember we started with a couple of questions about travel in our Excellence Project Survey last year.  Unfortunately, the Excellence Project has been shelved for now, but the data is still insightful.  For example (although the sample of responses was disappointingly low) it was clear that as a department we do not make a significantly high number of flights, and if we do, they are legitimately for overseas conference attendance and course/research related field trips.

Going forward it would still be good to draft some departmental guidance on travel and especially flights to reduce our carbon emissions, but for now I would like to encourage as many of you as possible to take a few minutes to complete the University survey at consultation questionnaire (you’ll need to login to Raven).

You can also express an interest in attending focus groups or a 1:1 discussion either within the questionnaire, or by emailing sustainability@admin.cam.ac.uk

The consultation questionnaire will close at 3pm on Friday 29 October.

In the department we are lucky because our building is centrally located with good travel links by bus, bike and on foot.  Lack of car parking encourages staff to travel more sustainably by default, and secure bike sheds provide ample storage space.  Bicycle repair kit and tools are available to all staff to fix broken bikes, and details of the University's regular Bike Maintenance workshops can be found HERE

We are also on the Unibus route with stops in both directions outside the Queens' College entrance.

Full Unibus and other bus service information can be found HERE.

For the latest travel information go to the Sustainability Team's dedicated webpages:  Travel

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