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Sustainable Business Travel - Best Practice

In line with our Sustainability Policy which states that we will “promote sound environmentally and ethically responsible behaviour throughout the Aston community” and in order to reduce the carbon footprint of our staff business travel, this document has been created to outline the different transport modes that should be considered when booking any journey for work.

Travel alternatives:

We recommend that when looking to attend conferences or meetings, in the first instance staff consider the following alternatives:

  • Use of Collaborate on office computers: contact Kevin Brace (ext. 4230)

  • Use of X-lite / voicehost or Skype on office computers: contact ISA (ext. 8581)

  • Videoconferencing facilities located in G39 for use free of charge: contact Lesley Smith (ext. 4793)

Use of these would be encouraged in situations where attendance is not required (i.e. for a brief meeting or presentation).

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Local journeys:

  1. Walk/cycle if possible.
  2. Bus/metro/train.
  3. The electric smart car, subject to availability, can be used by members of staff when attending local meetings with businesses, schools, community organisations: contact Amelia Hughes (ext. 4642).

Domestic journeys:

  1. Coach.
  2. Train.
  3. Low carbon car hire (if travelling with a group of people), booked through university approved supplier, Enterprise Rent-A-Car.

Wherever possible, flights should not be booked for domestic travel.

Short-haul (Europe):

  1. Train.
  2. Flights – always book direct flights where possible, these have a smaller carbon footprint than transfers.

Long-haul (International):

  1. Flights – always book direct flights where possible, these have a smaller carbon footprint than transfers.

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