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Environment and Energy

 

Overarching aim

To provide viable and accessible sustainable travel options for staff and students for travel to work, travel at work and travel for work which results in a reduction of carbon emissions.

Targets

  • At least 75% of staff to be regularly commuting to work by sustainable modes of travel by 2016.
  • By 2020 to have reduced the per capita carbon emissions from flights by 25%.

The University's Travel Plan exists to improve access to and between sites, and to enable staff to find alternatives to driving. The annual travel survey of staff helps us to measure progress in this area.


Sustainable travel at the University of Cambridge

With over 9,000 staff, 19,000 students, more than 20 sites of University departments and other buildings, and fewer than 2000 car parking spaces, travel to and at work is a key issue for the University to manage. 

On this page, and in the links to the left, you'll find information on sustainable travel at the University, and what's on offer to staff.

Commuting to work

Catch the bus

Subsidised travel on the Universal bus route; Cambridgeshire bus services; Park and Ride information

Carshare

Share the commute and save money through the camshare.co.uk online tool

For general information on car parking, please see the EM website (opens in a new window).

Get Cycling

Discounts and savings; Cycle to Work Scheme; find out how to stay safe on your bike; top tips on how to try and avoid bike theft; online interactive cycle route-finder

Use the train

10% discounts on monthly/ annual season tickets for specific routes

Try car clubs

Join the University’s car club to be able to have access to a vehicle during the day without needing to drive to work.

Travel to Work loan scheme

Find out whether you could receive an interest-free loan to purchase an annual bus or rail season ticket, or to assist with the purchase of a bicycle and associated safety equipment.

Business Travel

Business travel is a key part of our work but also of our carbon footprint, incorporating emissions from any travel undertaken on University business. Without negatively impacting on necessary research collaboration or other University activities, we encourage staff and students to think about how they could reduce their personal impact in this area.

If you travel for your role:

  • Consider alternatives to travel where possible. Conference calls save on travel time as well as cost and carbon: if using your workstation,read this advice from the University Information Services (UIS). Could you use a departmental meeting room, or UIS videoconference facilities?
  • If you're thinking of flying, consider whether it's possible to travel via train instead. This can provide the opportunity to get some additional work done, and if booked in advance can be surprisingly cheap. Have a look at ‘The Man in Seat Sixty-One’ for tips on reaching even far-flung locations via train.
  • Make sure that you and your colleagues are aware that free travel insurance is available from the University. Anonymous data from this system helps us to measure our carbon emissions from business travel.