Business travel

The ability to travel easily between countries to research, collaborate and share knowledge has helped form our position as an international University.

However, in 2018/19 business travel was responsible for 13,427 tonnes of CO2e. This makes it our second highest source of measured greenhouse gas emissions after the energy used to operate our buildings and estate. We need to reduce this.

Covid-19 has shown there is potential to do things differently. With the added context of the climate crisis and net-zero commitments, we are going to create new approaches to internationalisation.

A new approach

Increased video-conferencing has proved that some journeys can be avoided. We need to build on this to shape a ‘new normal’ that helps reduce emissions.

We are currently developing proposals that will help reduce business travel impact, and it is clear that collaboration across HE and with funders will be required.

If you have any ideas on how we can reduce business travel we would love to hear from you. Email sustainability@leeds.ac.uk with ‘Business travel’ as the subject line.

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

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

  • Goal 4: Quality education
  • Goal 8: Decent work and economic growth
  • Goal 9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure
  • Goal 13: Climate action

Find out more about our impact on the SDGs.