The University of Reading’s institutional Strategy (2020-26) states that our: “… long-term ambition to be the greenest university in the UK, we will lead by example and commit to genuine carbon neutrality by 2030…”.
As part of this institutional commitment the Erasmus & Study Abroad Office will make a financial contribution of £10 for each student who study or works abroad through a University of Reading exchange managed or facilitated by the Erasmus & Study Abroad Office. This will be used to either offset or inset the CO₂ emissions on a project that meets Gold Standard Verified Emission Reduction (VER) standard (project details to be agreed).
To begin with this contribution will be for outgoing mobilities taking place in academic years 2021/2 and 2022/3. However, it is planned to be reviewed and renewed thereafter. We acknowledge that this will not be sufficient to cover the full CO₂ emissions for some destinations where Reading students’ study; but it is a start.
We will also actively provide information and encouragement to students to offset their own travel CO₂ emissions in addition, so that we hopefully can work towards making the activity as carbon neutral as possible.