Sustainable Business Travel

  Panorama picture of Aachen Copyright: © Martin Braun  

In our Sustainability Mission Statement, the members of RWTH jointly committed themselves to consider sustainability in all spheres of action, processes, and decisions. The focus is also on business trips, especially air travel, as these are one of the largest emission factors at universities.

Within RWTH, awareness of the impact of one's own mobility behavior on the environment is to be raised. In addition to actively inviting members to reflect on their own behavior, internal projects in particular, such as the Climate Fund, should offer opportunities and motivate people to make their own mobility behavior more sustainable.

 

Help With Deciding Whether to Travel by Air

 

Business trips reflect a fundamental structural sustainability dilemma. On the one hand, the responsibility of society and thus also of the University toward the environment, and on the other hand, the need to share ideas. There is no standard answer to the question of which factor is to be valued more highly. Instead, each individual must make their own decision depending on the occasion.

To help travelers in their decision-making process, they can use this decision tree as a guide. With the help of four short questions, they can reflect on whether a business trip (by air) should be taken or whether other alternatives can be considered.

 

What Else Can I Do?

Campaign: #unter1000 mach ich's nicht!

Those who support this initiative

  • Avoid flights covering distances less than 1,000 km
  • Use trains and buses or video and telephone conferencing as alternatives
  • Stand for mobility change
  • Identify needs for action

Offsetting Travel Emissions in DFG Projects

Since December 2020, the German Research Foundation, DFG for short, has made it possible to finance compensation payments for environmental impacts of business travel in research grants or in funded projects from the grant.

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