Erasmus Goes Green

Erasmus Goes Green

The Erasmus Goes Green (EGG) project aims to increase environmental awareness of mobility and to encourage more sustainable internationalisation strategies.

Started: 2020

Funding: Erasmus+ Key Action 2

Project budget: 281,760 €

Length: 2 years

The Erasmus Goes Green (EGG) project aims to increase environmental awareness of mobility and to encourage more sustainable internationalisation strategies that would ultimately allow to reduce the transport-related carbon footprint of mobility activities. The EGG project will put information about the CO2 footprint of the different means of transport at the fingertips of HE students and staff, empowering them to make more conscious and environmentally friendly decisions when going on mobility abroad.

The objectives are:

  • To determine the carbon footprint related to individual student and staff mobility within the current Erasmus programme;
  • To produce forecasts on the ecological impact of higher education students and staff mobility for the next Erasmus programme (2021-2027);
  • To raise the environmental awareness of higher education students and staff by offering them a digital tool to visualise the impact of their transport choices when travelling to their Erasmus destination;
  • To set up incentives to influence the choices of higher education students and staff and evaluate the efficiency of these incentives;
  • To propose higher education students, higher education staff and policy makers options for offsetting carbon emissions;
  • To provide policymakers with targeted policy recommendations to implement changes within the Erasmus programme that encourage both greener individual mobility and more sustainable transnational partnerships in the field of higher education.

The results will include:

  • A first report on the current and future transport-related carbon footprint of Erasmus mobilities;
  • A second report on how to reduce the transport-related carbon footprint of Erasmus+ mobilities through the use of visualisation tools;
  • A third report on how to reduce the transport-related carbon footprint of Erasmus+ mobilities through the use of incentives or carbon offsetting;
  • A handbook for higher education mobile students, guidelines for higher education institutions and policy recommendations targeted at policymakers at both the central and decentral level.

Partners: Lapland University of Applied Sciences, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, University of Lodz, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines,  Erasmus Student Network, European University Foundation