Meetings and travel are an integral part of the work done at the university and are necessary for co-operation and collaboration, but the way we meet will be decided with consideration to the economic, social, and ecological consequences of travel. The university’s meeting and travel policy states that ‘meetings and business trips must be planned and executed so that travel is sustainable and takes into consideration costs, time, environmental impact, and the traveller’s safety’. One should always contemplate whether a trip could be replaced by a digital meeting. By signing onto the Climate Framework for Institutions of Higher Learning, the university has also committed to reducing its environmental footprint from business trips in accordance with the Paris Agreement and Sweden’s Climate Framework, which involves a gradual reduction in the impact that our travel has according to the university’s fixed-term climate objectives, with climate-neutral business trips as a final goal by 2045 (see Cross-sectional areas: climate adaptation).
In recent years, the university’s CO2 footprint from business trips has increased per employee, which has been due to our investment in internationalisation. If the university is going to live up to its environmental commitments, we need to develop forms of sustainable internationalisation.