Business travel by plane
Business air travel is EPFL's main source of CO2 emissions. EPFL Sustainability works to reduce and compensate for this impact through several innovative initiatives.
Scientists have always traveled around the world, whether to explore or share ideas. These international collaborations have intensified further in recent years with participation in European projects, for example. However, these frequent trips account for more than a third of EPFL’s CO2 emissions (11,015 tons of CO2-eq), leading to the University’s clear responsibility to control these environmental impacts.
EPFL Presidency therefore commissioned three studies to help define a new travel policy that would mitigate the impact of business trips by plane without affecting academic performance.
Business mobility studies
Quantify the ecological footprint and estimate the potential for reducing CO2 emissions.
Determine whether there is a link between air travel and the academic performance of Professors.
Understand the reasons for travel, the practices and needs of researchers.
It is possible for laboratories and EPFL units to offset CO2 emissions from air travel via the operating budget