Do you live within 15 kilometres of the uni? You’ll probably lose your parking spot

About 250 UG employees might lose their permit for a parking spot at the university. This will affect people who live less than fifteen kilometres from their workplace.

The measure is to ensure that employees become aware of their car use and that the emission of harmful gases and particulate matter is reduced. It is part of the UG’s Sustainability Roadmap, which strives for a 30 percent reduction in carbon emissions in 2026.

The limitation of the parking permit mainly affects people who work at Zernike. Now, the limit there is set at 8.1 kilometres. For people who work at the Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences, the limit is 12 kilometres. Arts is already applying a 15-kilometer limit.

This being said, employees do not have to turn in their permits immediately: there will be a transitional arrangement first.

Commuting

Additionally, the UG is going to take a fresh look at the compensation for commuting and see if a higher compensation for public transport might be useful. There are also plans to expand the bicycle compensation arrangement.

Business travels should also become ‘greener.’ Starting 1 January 2023, employees are only allowed to travel by plane if they have to travel more than 800 kilometres or are travelling for more than nine hours. At the moment, the limit is set at 500 kilometres or six hours of travelling time.

100 percent compensation

By 2026, the UG wants to compensate 100 percent of the carbon emission from air travels. How this should be done is yet unclear. Finally, the travel agent where the UG purchases its business travels is going to make clear how much carbon a plane trip emits per person (anonymized).

‘That way, the impact of such a choice is immediately made clear’, Hans Biemans of the board of directors says.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. This are important steps that should not reward driving to work in such short distances. There is no time like the present to start dealing with the ecological and climate crisis and the best way to do so is to become more responsible ourselves. Driving to work is really no longer acceptable even at more than 15 kilometers and free parking only incentivizes this.
    We should reward biking and living close to one’s work place.

  2. 9 hours of traveling is longer than our working day, so how can the university say that we have to travel that much? It does not seem right to require an employee to spend more time on traveling than their working day. Did the Ukrant ask the university why they think they can treat their workers this way? Work pressure is already very high, and now the uni wants to add additional burden on us? Journalists, please ask the university which of the other tasks will they reduce to compensate for this?

  3. I think this is a bad move. The bus system is absolutely not good enough to commute consistently, comfortably, and on time, and not everyone can (or wants to) ride a bicycle. Sure, encouraging other modes of transportation may be a good idea, but I don’t think the university should be deciding how one can or can not travel.

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