Below you can find some interesting resources. Please note that we are not sponsored by any of these companies. We show these sources to support anyone who wants to travel ‘greener’.
Want to estimate the carbon footprint of your academic travels? Find out with the calculators below.
- Flight carbon footprint calculator. This is a good tool for determining the carbon footprint of a concrete trip that you are planning. It is easy to use and lets you compare different possible modes of travel for your trip.
- Carbon offset calculator. With this handy calculator you can calculate the carbon emission and offset of your flight. It also proposes some options for offsetting your carbon!
- For Good app. This app gives an easy way to track your travel and consumption related carbon footprint.
- The website Ecopassenger helps you to calculate the emissions of your trip and compares the emissions for different vehicles. You can find Ecopassenger here: Ecopassenger.
- The webiste Green Tickets not only helps you in comparing the carbon emissions of different modes of travel, but also shows you directly where you can book your ticket, plus the estimated price and duration of the trip. This way, you can find your own balance between time, price and climate: Greentickets to plan your travels.
In this opinion article, written and signed by academics from different Dutch Universities, the importance of conferences is discussed, as well as the costs thereof. In her opinion article, Lorena Villanueva Almanza also discusses online conferences, mainly from the inclusivity perspective. There are, however, many different platforms for hosting a hybrid or online conference. Here are a few we lined up for you:
- Microsoft Teams
- Google Hangouts
Low carbon travel is gaining lots of attention. Below are some interesting articles from other sources.
- Science should play an exemplary role in society. Post-doc Cody Hochstenbach from UvA about why 2020 should be the year of the non-flying academic.
- The Utrecht University has developed a map to indicate which destinations are perfect for train travel, and for which destinations taking a plane might be the better alternative: Utrecht University trainzone map.
ProRail is planning to make Eindhoven an international train-hub. ProRail, which manages major parts of the Dutch train tracks, has recently announced its plans for Eindhoven. These plans include connections to Antwerp and Düsseldorf, making sustainable travel more comfortable and easier.
Prefer to travel by car? Student team TU/ecomotive has revealed Luca, a car largely made from recycled material. Their interview with TU/e magazine Cursor can be found here.
Not just academia is taking steps in the right direction. In the new employment agreement of the Dutch Government officials (Rijksambtenaren), traveling sustainably was included and employees ware urged to opt for the the train instead of plane. More generally, the Dutch Ministries are becoming aware of the impact of their travel behaviour. A recent study shows that the air travel of Ministry employees makes up for over 20 percent of the total CO2 emissions of the Ministries.
- De Jonge Akademie (or Young Academy), a platform of top young scientists and scholars in the Netherlands, has published a report on flying in academia. And yes, De Jonge Akademie mentiones our initiative in this report!