Why travel is the next step on our decarbonisation journey

Since 2008/09, the University has reduced its electrical consumption by 41% and its gas and oil consumption by 32%.  It has also benefited from a 58% reduction in the carbon intensity of grid electricity, due to a combination of the phase out of coal fired power stations, and the massive expansion of renewable energy. Heat decarbonisation has become the key focus for reducing energy emissions, but as energy consumption reduces and decarbonises, emissions from the University’s business travel have gone in the opposite direction.  By July 2019, they accounted for 33% of emissions within our Net Zero Carbon target, compared…
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Travel on University Business

It's important for the University to maintain it's excellent research reputation and part of that involves national and international collaborations, conferences and working. For many staff at some point this is likely to involve travelling on University Business. The University of Reading is committed to reducing carbon emissions from Business Travel and has adopted a business travel hierarchy to help everyone make appropriate decisions about travel options by reducing the need to travel, using lower carbon modes by preference and only use higher carbon modes after careful consideration. To embed these practices the University has approved a new Travel Policy.…
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Bus stop closures on Whiteknights campus over summer

Here’s an update on changes to bus services and routes for Whiteknights and London Road campuses over summer. 21a stops for summer on 8 June A quick reminder that term time only bus service 21a will stop for the summer from Friday 8 June. Therefore the frequency of the bus service between Whiteknights Campus and the Town Centre will be reduced. Please check timetables on Reading Buses website. 21a will additionally run on 16 and 17 June for Open day. It will then start again for Welcome Week on 24 September. Both bus stops on Whiteknights campus closed over summer…
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Cycling to the University

Cycling is a great way to get fit and save money at the same time. The Whiteknights campus offers an ideal green environment for cyclists to explore the natural beauty the campus has to offer. We welcome responsible cyclists who follow our guidelines for sharing the space safely with other cyclists, pedestrians and drivers. On this page... This page outlines all the facilities and offers available to cyclists and those considering cycling to and around the University. Scroll down to find out: how to get yourself a bike how to keep yourself safe how to keep your bike secure how…
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Alternatives to Travel

The most 'environmentally friendly' form of travel is generally not travelling at all! Following the COVID-19 pandemic, we have the knowledge, experience and technology to make remote study and working much easier. Substituting travel with technology can also save you time and money. On this page staff and visitors to the University can find information on practical alternatives to travel and working remotely in a sustainable way. Check out the University's tips on How to set up and hold a conference call in Teams. If you would like to book a conference room to video-conference, you can do so here. Further…
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Appendices Environmental Report 2019 – 20

1 - Carbon Management Scope 2 - CMP project tables 2019-20 3 - Emissions+energy breakdown vs baseline and last year 4 - Additional out of scope emissions 5 - Avoided emissions through renewable generation 6 - Waste management actions and projects 7 - 2019 20 Travel Plan Annual Report
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Appendices Environmental Report 2018-19

1 - Carbon Management Scope 2 - Carbon+Water projects 2018-19 and 2019-20 3 - Emissions+energy breakdown vs baseline and last year 4 - Additional out of scope emissions 5 - Avoided emissions through renewable generation 6 - Waste management actions and projects 7 - Travel Plan Annual Report 2018-19
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Sustainable Travel

Welcome to the University sustainable travel pages. We are passionate about enabling every staff member, student and visitor to travel to and around our beautiful campuses in an environmentally friendly, safe and convenient manner. This page contains all of the information, offers and tips to help you make sustainable travel choices. The information on this page has been structured around the carbon travel hierarchy, which ranks travel methods in order of sustainability. The hierarchy acts as a helpful tool to consider the impact of travel decisions and consider any suitable alternatives. Follow the links below for offers, events and information…
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Sustainable Travel

From this page you will be able to access all of the information about sustainable travel options to and around the University, as well as offers and tips to help make sustainable travel as easy and affordable as possible. The information on this page has been structured around the carbon travel hierarchy, which structures travel methods in order of sustainability - from flying to no-carbon methods. The hierarchy acts as a helpful tool to consider the impact of travel decisions and consider any suitable alternatives. Air Pollution has been recognised as one of the biggest environmental health risks facing humans. As…
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