Environmentally sound work-related travel
In 2015 the University was represented in more than 110 countries. The University’s staff travelled over a distance corresponding to some 1700 trips round the world. This generated emissions of carbon dioxide totalling some 7,000 tonnes, or approximately 1 tonne per employee. More frequent use of electronic conferencing tools and active choices of ecofriendlier modes of transport can reduce the environmental impact of work-related travel.
Guidelines for work-related travel
The University’s Guidelines for work-related travel and meetings (in Swedish) lays down the rules applying in the area. Exemptions from the guidelines must be approved by the immediate manager of the person concerned. Use the flow chart (in Swedish) when you choose your means of travel.
- Ask yourself: ‘Must I travel?’ Use the telephone, web or videoconferencing if you can.
- Is the distance 500 km or less? Choose the train.
- Air travel? Choose nonstop flights.
- Car hire? Choose a medium-sized ‘green’ car.
- Taxi? Choose a ‘green’ one.
- Your own car? Car-pool with colleagues. Check the tyre pressure. Use an engine heater in the winter. Drive sedately and stay below the speed limits.
- Local journeys? Go by bus or bicycle, or walk. The Uppland local transport company offers a variety of prepaid tickets (in Swedish).
Accounting department’s travel information
The accounting department’s website contains more information about the University’s work-related travel (in Swedish), which travel agency to use etc.
Uppsala travel planner
For travel within and around Uppsala, there is a travel planner for public transport, which may help in planning local journeys.
For new purchases and leasing of service vehicles, there are special requirements (in Swedish) concerning collision testing, anti-skid systems, green vehicles etc.