Target 2030: reducing emissions from the mobility sector by 44 per cent compared to the current greenhouse gas balance.
The area of mobility includes commuting and stays abroad by staff and students as well as staff business trips. In terms of international business travel, the University of Graz has set itself a reduction target of 50 per cent by 2030 compared to the reference budget. Furthermore, the University of Graz promotes sustainable commuting, especially in the areas of public transport and cycling. As of March 2017, the University of Graz is recognised as an officially certified bicycle-friendly company and was able to obtain the EU-wide “Cycle-Friendly Employer” certificate in the gold category.
- Uni-Graz bicycle: choose one of three funded bicycle models; used bicycles can also be purchased through our in-house bicycle exchange
- Funding for the purchase of an e-bike
- Bicycle rental: during the opening hours of the porter’s lodges, simply show your service card on site, sign it and you can start cycling (borrowing by the hour)
- Bicycle parking spaces: the University is constantly adding to its bicycle parking facilities
- Ticket of the Holding Graz Linien: financial support for the public transport zone 101
- Park&Ride: financial support of the Park&Ride annual combined ticket
- Train business ticket: ÖBB business ticket for business and private trips
- e-car sharing: staff members can take advantage of a very agreeable rate
- e-gas stations: with a valid parking permit you can fill up your e-car free of charge
- Greendrive: the carpooling service for the way to the university and home
The University of Graz saved 12.4 tonnes of CO2 emissions in 2020 through business trips with ÖBB and 10.6 tonnes of CO2 emissions in 2021.
The CO2 saving results from the ratio of the distance travelled between train and car. Emissions are reduced when you travel by train instead of by car. With diesel or petrol car, an average of 147 grams of CO2 equivalents are produced per kilometre per person. If travelling by train, the emissions are reduced to 13 grams of CO2 equivalents per passenger-kilometre. *
In 2021, the distribution transport services used (modal split) by University of Graz employees and students was surveyed in 2021. In fact, the bicycle is the most frequently used mode of transport for employees, and also for students. Between seasons, small fluctuations in the modal split can be seen because usually at the beginning of autumn, fewer people cycle and instead prefer to take public transport.