ETH Zurich is not only one of the largest universities in Switzerland, but also one of the major employers in the Zurich area. More than 25,000 students and employees commute to, from, and between the various campuses and sites of the university on a daily basis. As three out of four use public transport, the emissions associated with their commutes are rather modest. In contrast, the emissions caused by business travel (in particular international air travel) accounted for almost 60 percent of the university’s total CO2 footprint in 2016.
Paving the way for sustainable mobility
Sustainability being a fundamental principle of campus development and operations, the university launched a mobility platform in 2016 with the aim of setting up a comprehensive mobility management strategy for the university. Operating as a hub for all questions related to mobility, it addresses three major types of mobility: (1) campus mobility, (2) business travel, and (3) logistics. "If we want to harmonize the conservation of resources with campus development, we need to develop holistic and sustainable solutions for mobility", explains Ulrich Weidmann, Vice President for Human Resources and Infrastructure, who initiated the mobility platform.