Do you want to prepare your travel: Tips & Tricks to find together the best transport mode
In addition to discovering one or several other European cultures, the Move2Learn,Learn2Move initiative also wants to make you aware of the impact transport has on the environment, especially the CO2 emissions which are responsible for climate change.
You could work in a group to find which modes of transport to combine in order not to exceed the carbon footprint ceiling.
This will develop your critical awareness and allow you to learn by doing. Consult the resources to figure out which (combination of) means of transportation and which itinerary is the best option, both timewise and in regard to the carbon footprint.
Armed with the research done, you can then submit the travel itinerary created to the registration platform!
Formula for calculating your carbon footprint
For Move2Learn, Leanr2Move, a travel is sustainable when the total itinerary to go and return emits on average less than 200g of CO2 per passenger per kilometer (abbreviated as pkm). The g/pkm CO2 emissions of the different means of transport used for the calculation are the following:
- Rail: 14g/pkm
- Buses and Coaches: 68g/pkm
- Medium ferries (5 000 to 30 000 gross tons): 86g/pkm
- Small ferries (less than 5 000 gross tons): 258g/pkm
- Air: 285g/pkm
Pkm : a passenger-kilometer is the unit of measurement representing the transport of one passenger by a defined mode of transport (road, rail, air, sea, inland waterways etc.) over one kilometer.
If your trip is starting with 30 km by bus, followed by 500 km by airplane and ending with 300 km by train, the weighted CO2 profile will be the following:
((30km x 68g/pkm) + (500km x 285g/pkm) + (300km x 14g/pkm)) / (30km + 500km + 300km) = 179g/pkm.
Now that you are comfortable with CO2 emissions, let’s go search for your travel possibilities!
All modes, operators and lines can be selected. All public modes of transport can be used. Some operators have however decided to give the initiative an extra boost by granting the students a special rebate or special promotional prices. To learn more about partnering operators, click here.
Any kind of local transportation in the destination city is not included in the attributed budget. Research fun, eco-friendly alternatives for local transportation with your pupils, such as Public-use Bicycles.