Mobility is responsible for more than 80% of this university’s CO2 emissions. This is why Erasmus University Rotterdam works hard to make the mobility of her employees and students more sustainable. EUR encourages employees and students, by means of a sustainable mobility policy, to make conscious, informed and preferably sustainable transportation choices.
Sustainable travel policy
Mobility accounts for a large part of the total CO2 footprint. In order to become CO2 neutral, efforts are being made to reduce CO2 emissions in many areas. Of all types of transport, business travel by plane, in addition to commuting, has the largest percentage of CO2 emissions in the EUR's footprint.
EUR takes a critical look at its own activities, behavior and applies CO2 compensation where possible. To contribute to sustainable mobility and to prevent and reduce CO2 emissions, the Executive Board has adopted a new travel policy for business trips as of 1 January 2022. The basic principle of EUR's travel policy is that travel is designed in a sustainable and responsible manner. That doesn't always mean the cheapest way. The sustainable travel policy concerns travel within Europe and long-haul business trips outside Europe and states that:
- One travel by train instead of the plane for business trips less than 700 kilometers and with a travel time up to 8 hours from Rotterdam Central.
- If the destination is further than 700 km or the journey takes longer than 8 hours, you have the ability to choose whereby travelling by train is preferred.
- If one opts for travelling by plane, then direct flights where possible, unless the price difference is too large (1.5 x ticket price) and where compensation of CO2 emissions is always chosen.
Travel Check and Train Zone Map
To define which mode of travel is the most sustainable, the Travel Check and the Train Zone Map have been drawn up for business trips. The Travel Check helps determine whether travel is necessary, and the Train Zone Map provides information about the total travel time, the number of transfers and the CO2 emissions.
Stimulating sustainable mobility
Currently, the following measures or options are available to stimulate sustainable mobility:
- Free personal travel advice: employees can get tailored travel advice on various transport modes and the corresponding costs (car, public transport, bicycle or combination).
- An attractive public transport scheme: employees get up to € 3.000 (based on full-time employment) reimbursed.
- ‘Experience the public transport’: employees can try public transport for a one month period for free.
- Electric vehicle charging points in the bicycle parking for e-bike or e-scooter.
- 22 electric charging points for electric cars (Burg. Oudlaan: 6, Kralingse Zoom: 6, and in the middle of the EUR car park: 10).
- There are 3 stands on campus for electric shared scooters of Felyx. Through the Felyx app, you can reserve and activate an e-scooter.
- OV charging point: a charging point for your public transport card (OV-chip) on campus.
- Bicycle repair shop: there is a bicycle repair shop on campus where students and employees can go for repairs and maintenance or purchase an (e-)bike.
- A bicycle reimbursement scheme: once every five years, employees can receive a reimbursement to purchase a bicycle, e-bike or e-scooter.
- New bicycle parking: in recent years both the under and above ground capacity is expanded.
- Paid parking (employees: €2,50 per day / students/visitors: €0,50 per 20 minutes, maximum €10,00 per day).