Mobility on campus
The TU/e campus is a green and sustainable campus of national importance with an international appeal. Thanks to the Groene Loper (a green pedestrian and relaxation zone between the university buildings) the campus has the prestige of an urban park. Pedestrians and non-motorized traffic have right of way here. Thanks to the compact layout of the campus the various buildings can be reached easily on foot. Moreover, most TU/e buildings are interconnected by means of walkways.
By far most of our staff members and students use sustainable means of transport such as public transport or bicycles to come to the campus. TU/e wants to make its campus even more sustainable and further reduce its carbon footprint. TU/e stimulates staff members who now still come by car to decide more often on more sustainable ways, among other things by making it possible for them to purchase a bike or an e-bike at favorable conditions.
Also business travel has a major impact on the university's CO2 footprint. Many national and international business trips are made every year. For business trips in the Netherlands, employees are encouraged to travel by public transport. Various NS Business Cards have been made available to facilitate this. If locations cannot be reached by public transport, employees can take the car to their destination. The use of electric cars is encouraged as much as possible and offered as a first option by our suppliers.
For international travel, it is more difficult to use a means of transport other than air travel from certain distances. However, there is a movement among academics that consciously chooses whether or not to travel (teleconferencing), or that the location / conference can be reached by train instead of by plane. This initiative will be further developed in the coming year and may form the basis for a sustainable business travel policy.
The university currently has various means of transport and vehicles, some of which are used for research purposes. Part of the university's fleet is already electric (2/12). In the coming years, the vehicles that run on fuel will be gradually replaced by emission-free vehicles. The target date is to have the entire vehicle fleet emission-free by 2025.