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Durham University

Greenspace

Integrated Sustainable Travel Plan 2020-2025

Key areas which have contributed to the development this Plan include the University’s Estate Masterplan (EMP) 2017-2027; the forecasted growth of employees and students within the University Strategy; changes in Government Legislations; the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) report on global warming and fiscal policy relating to the 2035 deadline to cease the production of all fossil fuelled vehicles. In addition, this Integrated Sustainable Travel Plan (ISTP) is also linked to the University’s Environmental Sustainability Vision, Policy and Strategy.

The first aim of this Integrated Sustainable Travel Plan 2020-2025 is to ‘actively promote the health and well-being benefits of all forms of sustainable travel and encourage their use’. This will enable opportunities to help employees, visitors and students improve their health and well-being, reduce the number of trips to work and reduce both local and national carbon emissions and pollutants from their travel. Where cars must be used, we will encourage car-sharing and the use of pool cars. In-turn, this will reduce individual and collective carbon footprints. Our Estate Masterplan also provides a guide as to how we could develop our Estate over the long-term to assist with this growth and changes in travel and working behaviours.

It is noted that the current situation the University and the nation are experiencing with regards to Covid-19, it is recognised that working patterns and travel to the University are going to look very different.

Challenging times lie ahead for everyone, but we all have a part to play in both assisting our University to achieve the aims of our Plan, while aiding the reduction of our carbon emissions and tackling the global climate crisis. It is in all our interests to do so.