Universities called on to implement eco-friendly travel

Universities in Ireland have been called on to start trialling new ways to collaborate internationally in a bid to reduce the sector’s emissions from international air travel, writes Jess Casey for the Irish Examiner.

It comes as the Irish Examiner revealed that seven universities spent close to €850,000 (US$917,000) on business class airfares since 2021. Business class travel is associated with a larger carbon footprint, although climate experts caution there is no such thing as sustainable aviation.

While emissions from university staff and students make up a low percentage of overall carbon emissions, there is an obligation on universities to start trialling alternatives, according to Norah Campbell, an associate professor at Trinity Business School.
Full report on the Irish Examiner site