Sustainable travel

The University of Leeds recognizes that we need to change the way we travel, and to make sustainable travel a norm for staff and students.

Active travel
A group of cyclists riding along the Leeds Liverpool canal


As part of the University’s Climate Plan, a key tenet of the University Strategy, we have committed to delivering net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.

Our net zero target includes emissions associated with business travel and with student and staff commuting, which together represent around 11.5% of the total carbon footprint of the University, as well as emissions from University owned and operated vehicles.

The Sustainable Travel principle within the Climate Plan recognises that we need to work closely with the wider city to achieve our goals, whilst considering how we can support our staff and students to adopt more sustainable means of travel and reduce associated emissions.

Read more about net zero and sustainable travel in the University Climate Plan.

How to get around sustainably

There are lots of ways you can get to and from University, as well as around Leeds, more sustainably.

Learn more about how you can walk, cycle or run to campus.
Active travel
The University is really well connected by various bus routes and Leeds train station not far away.
Public transport
We have a number of initiatives for those wanting to reduce the negative impacts of driving.
Travel by car
We are working to create new approaches to internationalisation.
Business travel

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

We use the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a framework to guide our activity. Our sustainable travel work is linked to the following SDGs:

  • Goal 3: Good health and well-being
  • Goal 4: Quality education
  • Goal 9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure
  • Goal 11: Sustainable cities and communities
  • Goal 13: Climate action
  • Goal 17: Partnerships for the goals

Find out more about our impact on the SDGs.