Planning for Conference Trips?
Make it Greener!

Let's think together about low carbon policies.

Planning for conference trips? Make it greener!

With this slogan we, a group of academics concerned about our carbon footprint, kicked off our Low Carbon Travel Initiative at Eindhoven University of Technology. This is a first step in making TU/e work travel more sustainable. This blog is a first attempt of providing insight in our travel behavior and how we (you included) can curb high carbon travel.

Our efforts aim to:

1. Promote a critical attitude towards travel and reduce the number of trips.
2. Identify easy to reach destinations with low carbon modes within Europe.
3. Offer a travel planning procedure that integrates low carbon travel options.
4. Promote efficiency by e.g. sending smaller delegations to conferences.
5. Create administrative and financial support to overcome barriers to use low carbon travel options via e.g. compensation for increased travel time and cost.
6. Formulate university-wide policy document on international travel and its environmental impact.

Making a success of this initiative thus requires support of both you individually and the university administration. The coming months, we will work on these solutions, practice them within our group, and reflect on our experiences. We will reflect on the opportunities and constraints of these solutions, and what issues have to be addressed within the university. Over the course of this period, we envision to find suitable ways to reduce high carbon travel and rally wide support for this initiative within our university.

Latest Blogs

See news about our initiative and blog posts of colleagues and guests who share their personal low carbon travel experiences.
Airplane flying

Low carbon travel: it matters!

With all that is currently going on in the world, we are sometimes left wondering if low carbon travel really matters. According to the recently published IPCC report, we need[…]

Read more
Dutch universities

Low carbon travel: how are other Universities doing?

In the summer of 2020, we published a blog wondering if the TU/e was missing out by not having a clear sustainable travel policy. Now, almost two years later, more[…]

Read more
Online conference

Online conferences: different desires, various virtual fields

Online conferences are here to stay. Over summer, when the pandemic had taken a turn for the better, people were quick to dismiss the idea of online (or even hybrid)[…]

Read more

From our colleagues

Happy academics

Happy to be a non-flying scientist!


Wolmet Barendregt

HTI group

It’s about making environmentally conscious choices among conferences.

SUN Qi

TIS group

I fully support offering more sustainable travelling options

Lotte Meijer

TIS group

Let’s balance online and real-life experiences to limit our impact on the environment

Boukje Huijben
Boukje Huijben

ITEM group

Let’s aim for the full academic experience without burdening the climate

Irene Niet

TIS group

Contact us

Keep in touch! If you have something to share, let us know.

Think for example about: How do you, as an academic, decide on your travel behavior? What issues do they run into when choosing alternative ways of travelling? And, will flying less affect your academic career or are there alternatives? You can fill out the form below, or mail us at: lowcarbon.travel@tue.nl