Mind the environment when planning travel
This checklist is also useful when inviting guests, sensors and lecturers who have to travel to get to UiO.
- Is the journey actually necessary?
Email and Skype make it easy to collaborate without travelling.
- Can the trip be replaced by a telephone or video conference?
More information about teleconferencing and video conferencing.
- Can you use a different means of transport than airplanes?
If the price of the train/bus is approximately equal to the air fare, environmentally friendly transport (where it is reasonably priced) is recommended. Remember to include round-trip ticket to the airport when comparing prices.
- Can several short journeys be merged?
- Can you beat two flies in one go?
Maybe a sensor can also hold a seminar, or maybe you and a collaboration partner plan to attend the same conference and can schedule a meeting at the same time?
- Can you substitute plane travel one way?
By choosing train travel one way the emissions of the journey are almost halved.
- Can you avoid flying in sensors/opponents?
Maybe it means that one opponent/sensor is flown in, while one can join via video conference? Maybe one can opt for a choice where at least one of the opponents only needs to make a short journey?
- Avoid scheduling internal meetings/seminars at places that require air travel.
- Choose public transport on local trips.
This is the most affordable and environmentally friendly way of travelling. If public transport is not possible, you can borrow an electric car for travel during working hours via UiO's electric car pool.
- Use an electric car instead of a taxi.
It is better for the environment and you do not have to register travel expense claims. If you need to take a taxi, some taxi companies provide the option of choosing an environmentally friendly car when booking (electric car/hybrid).